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Teddy

Teddy Bronx, NY, United States

"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one." - Jojen Reed. #ADanceWithDragons

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  • "This is what Audiobook should be..."

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    This book was a home run all over! Excellent narration, superb storyline, engaging and interesting characters, great imagery and poignant.

    The reviews for this book are indicative of how excellent a book this really is. The entire book was done so incredibly well! When I first got this book I didn't really know what to expect, in fact I didn’t even know there was a movie about the book and had I known I probably wouldn’t have got the book due to my aversion at times to overhyped books turned movies... Good thing though because I would have missed out on a very good read...

    I found myself fascinated with how the Sara Gruen (the author) introduced Jacob at 23 and at 90 or is it 93 (you'll get it when you read to it). The different struggles with Jacob at these two different stages of life is manoeuvred quite will and interwoven immaculately with the main storyline. I like how the author was able to introduce the topic of growing ‘old and irrelevant’ at one end of the spectrum and being ‘young and impetuous’ at the other end. In both stages (the young and old Jacob) the common thread is tragedy and loss in a sense but eventually finding one’s place once more.

    The myriad of characters are all very interesting (as one can expect from a circus) and the relevant characters were all developed quite well! I found all the major and minor characters fascinating... Rose Marie, Uncle Al, Marlena, Camel, Walter, August... I honestly didn’t think any of these characters were short changed in terms of character development in this book and you get to peer into each of them even if it’s just a bit.

    Unlike a lot of books that tend to run on incessantly, providing you with seemingly useless details, Water for Elephants doesn't do that. Nor was it too short, it doesn’t leave you thinking that aspects of the books were rushed. It hit that sweet spot that so many books miss some times... that clear, nice balance of not being too long but not being too short and yet still leaves you wanting more. It has its sobering moments that make you nod silently in approval and smiles inwardly leaving you to go through the book a little slower, not wanting to miss the salient, poignant points being mentioned. It of course also has those nail biting moments that makes you sit up a little bit straighter and has you rushing the book trying to figure out what’s next and how everything is going to unfold. The closure at the end of the book was poignant enough and very fitting, but yet I wanted it to continue because it was just so good.

    Narration like this is what makes Audible titles and Audiobooks in general worth listening to. David LeDoux portraying John in his 20's was great but John Randolph Jones portraying John in his 90's is AMAZING! I like multiple narrated books and this certainly did not disappoint in any way, shape or form. Inflections were on par, strength of tone was excellent and pacing was superb... A better cast they could not pick and they brought life to these characters in a way I doubt much other narrators could.

    I would recommend this to anyone. Excellent writing, pitch perfect narration, engaging story, poignant life truths, sobering in all the right areas, fun in others, great timing, great character development and a very fitting closure. GREAT STUFF!

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    Water for Elephants

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    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
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    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
  • "Phillipa Gregory Takes You There"

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    It's hard not to find Phillipa Gregory skills downright envious at times. She has a way of taking you there that all writers try to do and only the really good ones are able to achieve outright. This is the type of title that you can sit back in a dark room and allow yourself to be taken there. I was taken there many a times just listening to the narrator, listening to the engrossing story.

    The story of Mary Boleyn (the other Boleyn girl) is one of pure intrigue. You cannot help but pity her and how she seemed to be used and manipulated for his family's ambition. She seemed genuinely an honest woman, a true 'rose' of the court despite what she seemed to be doing to Catherine of Aragon, she did still seemed subservient to the queen at the time. Anne Boleyn's character takes a new light in the book and see a woman somewhat blinded by ambition who is thrust in a situation that she simply could no longer control. You see the transformation of the King from a handsome young man to a cruel old man. You see the constant struggle of George Boleyn with his marriage to Jane and his sexuality. The uncle... Uncle Howard... you see the start of his treachery which carries over to "The Boleyn Inheritance". You also see the fall of the strong and majestic Queen Catherine of Aragon. The entire story itself is enthralling.

    The narrator does a really good job. I thought I was listening to Mary herself throughout the book, or at least how I think Mary would sound in my mind. She does a very good job of taking you to that moment in time, you sense the childish romanticism as a teenager and her maturing into a woman, a mother, you can feel her fear as things in the court became more dangerous... Absolutely beautiful narration in short.

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    The Other Boleyn Girl

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    When Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of 14, she catches the eye of Henry VIII. Dazzled by the king, Mary falls in love with both the golden prince and her growing role as an unofficial queen. However, she soon realizes just how much she is a pawn in her family's ambitious plots when the king's interest begins to wane and she is forced to step aside for her best friend and rival: her powerfully ambitious sister, Anne Boleyn.

    Teddy says: "Phillipa Gregory Takes You There"
  • "Great Book"

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    I love these books that are narrated by three persons! Along with 'The Help' that I rave about constantly, the 'Boleyn Inheritance' is one of those. Exquisite writing, matched with beautiful narration made this book a joy to listen to. I must say though, the only reason this book does not get 5 stars across of board is because I listened the Abridged version (by mistake of course because I normally never listen to Abridged books unless I must). The narration in the Abridged book was just plain better, the one here is great, superb, beautiful, but the other one is in fact better. Do not let that stop you from getting this book though! I would also suggest you give 'The Other Boleyn Girl' a listen too prior to this if you can because this builds so well from it.

    Overall... if you like Historical Lit set in that Renaissance period... You will LOVE this book!

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    Boleyn Inheritance

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    Anne of Cleves must literally save her neck in a court ruled by a deadly game of politics and the terror of an unpredictable and vengeful king. Her Boleyn Inheritance: accusations and false witnesses. Katherine Howard catches the king's eye within moments of arriving at court, setting in motion a dreadful machine of politics, intrigue, and treason that she does not understand. Her Boleyn Inheritance: the threat of the axe. Jane Rochford's name is a byword for malice, jealousy and twisted lust throughout Europe. Her Boleyn Inheritance: a fortune and a title in exchange for her soul.

    Teddy says: "Great Book"
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  • The Potato Factory: The Australian Trilogy, Book 1

    "Best audiobook of the year!"

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    If there were an audiobook award for 'best of the year', Bryce Courtney's 'The Potato Factory' would get my vote, hands down. It has everything -- a compelling story, unforgetable characters, a plot with historical authenticity, and a narrator that can't be beat.

    Scholars debate how historically accurate 'The Potato Factory' really is -- I personally knew very little about the founding of Australia, from its penal colony days, but in at least one sense, it doesn't matter. The story succeeds brilliantly, even if it were pure fiction. There is likewise debate about whether the book is anti-semitic -- as a Jew, I can't see any tinge of anti-Jewish feeling. Quite the contrary, in many instances. It's hardly a surprise that there were (and are) Jews of less than sterling character. Ikey Solomon, as portrayed by Courtney, is both lovable and dispicable, fully human and utterly fascinating. A man of his time, in a society that was very different from that which we live in today.

    Special congratulations should go to Humphrey Bower, the narrator. Through a truly Dickensian cast of characters (including a cameo from the Boz himself!) from street urchins, to upper class Brits, through every element of British and then exiled-society in Van Damiens Land, men and women, adults and children, Bower does a masterful job of portrayal. Each voice is unique, each rings true. There oughta be Academy Awards for acting jobs like this one!

    'The Potato Factory' is actually the first book of a trilogy that Courtney calls his gift to Australia. Having just finished listening to this first installment, I'm now on the hunt for the second and third books -- Audible would be doing an amazing service to its listeners if they also provided the next two. Having experienced the first, I can't imagine not wanting to hear the rest of the story as told by Courtney.

    Don't miss this classic tale. "The Potato Factory" has it all -- audiobooks just don't get any better than this.

  • The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton

    "Magnificent, perfect for these troubled times"

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    Funny -- when this book first came out, I, being a confirmed Jane Smiley fan, bought it, a paper copy, but try as I might, I couldn't get into it. I abandoned the book maybe 50 pages in. A few years later, I was in the local public library and saw they had the book on cassettes. I needed a long audiobook, so I checked it out. What a difference!

    Anna Fields makes all the difference -- hearing "Lidie" tell us her story makes it all the more personal and intimate. Ms. Fields voice is ideal, not too cultured, not too much of a twang, just the way I'd expect Lidie to sound. I just finished listening to "The All True Adventures" again, this time on Audible, and know I'll go back to this one over and over. It's a classic.

    In an interview, Smiley said she wrote this book as a romance, which, I suppose, it maybe is, given the basic fact that Lidie and her just-met husband depart for the dangerous and embattled "KT" - Kansas Territories --on their wedding night, and one of the book's themes is their getting to know each other, literally.

    But it isn't just the tale of the 'newlyweds -- newly-mets, in fact -- that's compelling. It's the story of the times, just before the "official" start of the War Between the States, when the "goose question" reigned supreme. The "goose question"? Back then, in the 1850's, in Missouri, Kansas and other 'border' states, the question of slavery was simply too hot to touch, too contentious to even pronounce the word. You couldn't come right out and ask someone what their politics were, for fear of starting a personal war, right then and there. So you used an euphemism instead, asking what their position on "the goose question" was -- and the answer better be right, with "right" depending where, specifically, you were standing. A wrong answer could -- and many times did -- get you killed.

    Lidie's tale of what it was like to "settle" a new land -- a kind of "Little House on the Prairie", Kansas style. Settlers arrived with nothing, claimed their homesteads, built a structure to live in, tried to plant a few crops, learned to make do with what's available, and began to depend (or not) on neighbors, as everyone dealt with grinding poverty, sickness and death, all day, every day. But it's not all sadness, because the ever-optimistic Lidie and Thomas -- whom she's learning is a fine and honorable man -- doesn't complain so much as she prevails. She even manages to snag an actual glass window -- can you imagine? Still, time and again, the settlers are stopped in their tracks, have to start all over again -- claim jumpers take over their land, drive them off, burn their homes. Or thieves steal everything, walk away with whatever they can. Especially heartbreaking is Lidie's tale of the "Sacking of Lawrence", when 150 men in the abolitionist town of Lawrence, Kansas, were murdered in a raid by vicious street-fighters from Missouri, the town, animals, possessions of everyone there destroyed.

    To say more would be a spoiler, other than to note this is an extremely timely tale. Today, in the US, equally contentious issues prevail, even if physical violence, one against another, isn't quite the same. Lidie's "All True Adventures" proves that's nothing new -- in fact, it's the way the nation was born, how it survived, how it grew and became what it was.

    Today's "goose question" might very well be "Obamacare", or the question -- again -- of states rights, or of what role the government should play in everyday affairs. Nothing new under the sun -- the United (just barely) States is fighting it out again. Which means that to gain some perspective, "The All True Adventures" is a book not to be missed.

  • City of Thieves

    "Too grim for me."

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    One of the other commentators wrote, "Don't listen to this if you're off your meds." I'm not on meds, but at the end of five hours of listening to this horrifically depressing tale, I would gladly have swallowed a handful of Prozac or whatever the drug of choice is these days.

    I finally gave up when I realized that -- contrary to 98% of all other books I've ever listened to -- I was dreading plugging in my ear buds, not looking forward to it. The story is unrelentingly bleak: people and animals are either dead or dying -- dying of hunger, cold, of enemy action, of the loss of hope and humanity. It's made all the worse by the really excellent narration by Ron Perlman -- he makes it all come alive, which is what really got to me. This isn't a "true" story, but the historical situation is true, and hearing Perlman give voice to the pure agony of whatever marginal survival most of these people had, made it more painful yet.

    I don't need happy 'Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm' tales, but this one is too grim for me. Too much pain and sadness to willingly take on. Maybe I'd revise the other commentators advice: Be sure you've taken your meds before you turn this one on.

  • The Given Day

    "I appear to be a minority of one, but..."

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    After spending two credits on this thing, I finally gave up after four hours. Let me put it this way: if you liked Dennis Lehane's previous books, you won't like this one. It's dry as the dusty baseball field Lehane seeks to recreate in our minds. If there had been truth in advertising -- that this is a 'history of sports' book -- I would never have bought it. Don't get me wrong -- I like history. It's just that I'd rather choose which history I delve into, and pick something written by an historian whose reputation I respect. The left-wing Lehane -- a magnificent thriller writer -- doesn't qualify. The Given Day, with its history of baseball, of strikes (the labor movement kind, in addition to the 'swing and a miss') told with fictional black-white family sagas woven in, just doesn't do it for me.

Jan

Jan Rochester, NY, United States 02-25-12 Member Since 2011

Eclectic, avid listener, favorite book is the one currently in ear.

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  • "Powerfully told story... but a warning"

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    A woven tapestry tale with the bawdy, tender, joyous and horrific. He opens the slums of London and the prisioner deportations to Tasmania to our view. You learn history in passing but more important meet characters so complex, that I felt I knew them... almost as friends who shared what they had learned from life. It is a hard book to put down, but does include a great deal of profanity, whores, multiple graphic sexual events and violence. With all the good in it, I still strongly wouldn't recommend for a teen reader or tender spirited soul.

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    The Potato Factory: The Australian Trilogy, Book 1

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    Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

    Jan says: "Powerfully told story... but a warning"

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    Kathy says: "Hurry up! I want them all!"
  • The Help (






UNABRIDGED) by Kathryn Stockett Narrated by Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, Cassandra Campbell

    The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26745)
    Performance
    (13382)
    Story
    (13427)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
  • The Fiery Cross (






UNABRIDGED) by Diana Gabaldon Narrated by Davina Porter

    The Fiery Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (55 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (4014)
    Performance
    (3538)
    Story
    (3529)

    The year is 1771. Claire Randall is still an outlander, out of place and out of time. But now she is linked by love to her only anchor: Jamie Fraser. They have crossed oceans and centuries to build a life together in North Carolina. But tensions, both ancient and recent, threaten members of their clan. Knowing that his wife has the gift of prophecy, James must believe Claire, though he would prefer not to. Claire has shared a dreadful truth: there will, without a doubt, be a war.

    Dawn says: "THANK YOU!!!"
  • A Breath of Snow and Ashes (






UNABRIDGED) by Diana Gabaldon Narrated by Davina Porter

    A Breath of Snow and Ashes

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (3747)
    Performance
    (3257)
    Story
    (3236)

    A Breath of Snow and Ashes continues the saga of 18th-century Scotsman Jamie Fraser and his 20th-century, time-traveling wife, Claire. The year is 1772, and the rift between Britain and its American colonies has put a frightening word into the minds of all concerned: revolution. In the backwoods of North Carolina, violence has already reared its ugly head, as cabins have been burned to the ground. To preserve the colony for King George III, the governor pleads with Jamie to bring the people together and restore peace. But Jamie has the burden of knowing that war cannot be avoided.

    jerry says: "Unabridged!"
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  • The Pillars of the Earth (






UNABRIDGED) by Ken Follett Narrated by John Lee

    The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12525)
    Performance
    (4906)
    Story
    (4944)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    Joseph says: "Good historical setting, but loose story."
  • The Things They Carried (






UNABRIDGED) by Tim O'Brien Narrated by Bryan Cranston

    The Things They Carried

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Tim O'Brien
    • Narrated By Bryan Cranston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (912)
    Performance
    (842)
    Story
    (839)

    Hailed by The New York Times as "a marvel of storytelling", The Things They Carried’s portrayal of the boots-on-the-ground experience of soldiers in the Vietnam War is a landmark in war writing. Now, three-time Emmy Award winner-Bryan Cranston, star of the hit TV series Breaking Bad, delivers an electrifying performance that walks the book’s hallucinatory line between reality and fiction and highlights the emotional power of the spoken word.

    Michelle says: "Stark and poignant!"
  • The Signature of All Things: A Novel (






UNABRIDGED) by Elizabeth Gilbert Narrated by Juliet Stevenson

    The Signature of All Things: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (945)
    Performance
    (867)
    Story
    (874)

    In The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction, inserting her inimitable voice into an enthralling story of love, adventure and discovery. Spanning much of the 18th and 19th centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker - a poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man in Philadelphia.

    Dina says: "An Educational and Epic Oddity"
  • The Space Between: An Outlander Novella (






UNABRIDGED) by Diana Gabaldon Narrated by Davina Porter

    The Space Between: An Outlander Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (196)

    Joan MacKimmie is on her way to Paris to take up her vocation as a nun. Yet her decision is less a matter of faith than fear, for Joan is plagued by mysterious voices that speak of the future, and by visions that mark those about to die. The sanctuary of the nunnery promises respite from these unwanted visitations...or so she prays. Her chaperone is Michael Murray, a young widower who, though he still mourns the death of his wife, finds himself powerfully drawn to his charge.

    Kathy says: "A Delight!"
  • High Cotton (






UNABRIDGED) by PJ Dunn Narrated by Andrew L. Barnes

    High Cotton

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By PJ Dunn
    • Narrated By Andrew L. Barnes
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
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    (1)

    High Cotton chronicles the life of a 12-year-old boy, his kidnapping, and being sold into slavery. He suffered torture and abuse and witnessed horrible events prior to and during his journey via slave trader ship to America. He was auctioned to a plantation and eventually emancipated. He returns to the sea aboard the same ship he arrived on and remains until the death of the ship's captain.

  • El Hombre de Arena [The Sandman] (






UNABRIDGED) by Aquilino Cayuela Narrated by Oscar Chamorro

    El Hombre de Arena [The Sandman]

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Aquilino Cayuela
    • Narrated By Oscar Chamorro
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    (0)
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    (0)
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    Una guerra entre hermanos, un conde avaricioso y coleccionista de arte, mercenarios dispuestos a saquear el patrimonio de España y españoles dispuestos a atrapar a los ladrones. La Guerra Civil Española no sólo fue sanguinaria con sus ciudadanos, fue una oportunidad única para robar lo que es de todos, nuestro patrimonio cu ltural. Un momento único para Ladrones de historia, un thriller trepidante.

  • Warburg in Rome (






UNABRIDGED) by James Carroll Narrated by David Doersch

    Warburg in Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By James Carroll
    • Narrated By David Doersch
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    David Warburg, newly minted director of the U.S. War Refugee Board, arrives in Rome at war's end, determined to bring aid to the destitute European Jews streaming into the city. Marguerite d'Erasmo, a French-Italian Red Cross worker with a shadowed past, is initially Warburg's guide to a complicated Rome; while a charismatic young American Catholic priest, Monsignor Kevin Deane, seems equally committed to aiding Italian Jews. Soon, Warburg discovers one of history's great scandals....

  • Lucky Us: A Novel (






UNABRIDGED) by Amy Bloom Narrated by Alicyn Packard

    Lucky Us: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Amy Bloom
    • Narrated By Alicyn Packard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Disappointed by their families, Iris, the hopeful star and Eva the sidekick, journey through 1940s America in search of fame and fortune. Iris’s ambitions take the pair across the America of Reinvention in a stolen station wagon, from small-town Ohio to an unexpected and sensuous Hollywood, and to the jazz clubs and golden mansions of Long Island. With their friends in high and low places, Iris and Eva stumble and shine though a landscape of big dreams, scandals, betrayals, and war.

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  • Vivid (






UNABRIDGED) by Beverly Jenkins Narrated by Robin Eller

    Vivid

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Beverly Jenkins
    • Narrated By Robin Eller
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    It's 1876 and Dr. Viveca Lancaster is frustrated by the limits placed upon female physicians of color. When she is offered the chance to set up a practice in the small all-black community of Grayson Grove, Michigan, she leaves her California home and heads east. The very determined Viveca knows all about fighting for her rights. But she may need more than determination to face down the distractingly handsome Nate Grayson, the Grove's bull-headed mayor.

  • A Triple Knot (






UNABRIDGED) by Emma Campion Narrated by Heather Wilds

    A Triple Knot

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Emma Campion
    • Narrated By Heather Wilds
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    Joan of Kent, renowned beauty and cousin to King Edward III, is destined for a politically strategic marriage. As the king begins a long dynastic struggle to claim the crown of France, plunging England into the Hundred Years' War, he negotiates her betrothal to a potential ally and heir of a powerful lordship. But Joan, haunted by nightmares of her father's execution at the hands of her treacherous royal kin, fears the king's selection and is not resigned to her fate. She secretly pledges herself to one of the king's own knights, one who has become a trusted friend...

  • The Fortune Hunter: A Novel (






UNABRIDGED) by Daisy Goodwin Narrated by Clare Corbett

    The Fortune Hunter: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Daisy Goodwin
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett
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    Empress Elizabeth of Austria, known as "Sisi", is the Princess Diana of 19th-century Europe. Famously beautiful, as captured in a portrait with diamond stars in her hair, she is unfulfilled in her marriage to the older Emperor Franz Joseph. Sisi has spent years evading the stifling formality of royal life on her private train or yacht or, whenever she can, on the back of a horse. Captain Bay Middleton is dashing, young, and the finest horseman in England. He is also impoverished, with no hope of buying the horse needed to win the Grand National....

  • American Blonde: Velva Jean, Book 4 (






UNABRIDGED) by Jennifer Niven Narrated by Laura Hicks

    American Blonde: Velva Jean, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Jennifer Niven
    • Narrated By Laura Hicks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    A fearless and spirited pilot conquers Hollywood. Now can she survive movie stardom? In 1945 Velva Jean Hart is a bona fide war heroine. After a newsreel film of her triumphant return to America, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer promises to make her a star. They give her a new life story and a brand-new name. As "Kit Rogers", she navigates the movie sets, recording sessions, parties, staged romances, and occasional backstabbing that accompany her newfound fame.