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  • A Bitter Truth: A Bess Crawford Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (247)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (210)

    When battlefield nurse Bess Crawford returns from France for a well-earned Christmas leave, she finds a bruised and shivering woman huddled in the doorway of her London residence. The woman has nowhere to turn, and propelled by a firm sense of duty, Bess takes her in.

    Jen says: "Beloved Bess"
    "An Old Fashioned "Who dun-it""
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    I quite enjoyed this book as it did not pretend to be anything other then it was. It is an old fashioned mystery novel, all prim and proper from a time when women knew their place in society but a few were testing their strength and will. It had snippets of the 2nd world war thrown in with an insight of how people coped with leading disjointed lives. I am glad I read it.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Madonnas of Leningrad

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Debra Dean
    • Narrated By Yelena Shmulenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    Bit by bit, the ravages of age are eroding Marina's grip on the everyday. An elderly Russian woman now living in America, she cannot hold on to fresh memories - the details of her grown children's lives, the approaching wedding of her grandchild - yet her distant past is miraculously preserved in her mind's eye. Vivid images of her youth in war-torn Leningrad arise unbidden, carrying her back to the terrible fall of 1941, when she was a tour guide at the Hermitage Museum and the German army's approach signaled the beginning of what would be a long, torturous siege on the city.

    A User says: "A tender account of the survival instinct"
    "A tender account of the survival instinct"
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    This is a GEM of a book! It talks non-judgmentally of human frailties yet expands on the unfathomable strength of the need to survive in most people. The injustices of war and the meaningless posturing of waring nations (or the people in charge) which only goes towards disruption, destruction and death. We should ask - and for what purpose? It tracks two people's lives during and after the invasion into Russia by Germany. Beautifully written with well informed comments about Art, sweet tender responses to the aging process and how the younger members react.A wonderful book which I did not want to end. The narrator was superb with just enough Russian inflection without it being overdone. I highly recommend this book!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Darkest Corner

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Elizabeth Haynes
    • Narrated By David Thorpe, Karen Cass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1160)
    Performance
    (975)
    Story
    (978)

    Catherine has been enjoying the single life for long enough to know a good catch when she sees one. Gorgeous, charismatic, spontaneous – Lee seems almost too perfect to be true. And her friends clearly agree, as each in turn falls under his spell. But there is a darker side to Lee. His erratic, controlling and sometimes frightening behaviour means that Catherine is increasingly isolated. Driven into the darkest corner of her world, and trusting no one, she plans a meticulous escape.

    Betty says: "AN OCD IS STALKED BY A PSYCHOPATH"
    "Both Terrifying and up-lifting!"
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    Personally, I found this novel talked to me as a woman in a past stage of my life. I am so glad that books like this are being written so that women can "come out of the darkest corner" and have the courage to point a finger at their abusers! the whole book was beautifully written with tenderness and never straying away from the sweet character of the main person, yet the OCB was well scripted into the story. The whole tale was gripping and held you right to the end with an unexpected twist. An excellent book, well recommended to both men and women.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • You Don't Want to Know

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Lisa Jackson
    • Narrated By Christina Traister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (318)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (273)

    In Ava’s dreams, her son, Noah, looks just the way she remembers him: a sweet two-year-old in rolled-up jeans and a red sweatshirt. When Ava wakes, the agonizing truth hits her all over again. Noah went missing two years ago, and his body has never been found. Almost everyone, including Ava’s semi-estranged husband, Wyatt, assumes the boy drowned after falling off the dock near their Church Island home. Ava has spent most of the past two years in and out of Seattle mental institutions, shattered by grief and unable to recall the details of Noah’s disappearance.

    Ronda Snyder says: "Can't stop listening...."
    "Predictable and patchy in quality"
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    I found this book patchy and at times very repetitive. The main character would slip in and out of her character. One minute being strong and the next excruciating weak and pliable. What ever anyone says, (without giving the plot away) I am sure a woman would know if she had given birth or not!! the author seemed to run out of ideas as to how to end it and it became a bit of a circus. Not very satisfying.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4336)
    Performance
    (3927)
    Story
    (3943)

    "Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness… He was beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I’d never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily…Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other’s most private wounds…and desires."

    CAROLYN says: "TOUCHING & EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER OF PASSION"
    "Equivilent to a "chick Flix""
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    I found this novel totally for the late teens to early twenties. Those who are still exploring sexuality or are are new to the whole thing. I had to listen in slabs of half an hour or so as the shallowness really got to me. But seeing I paid for it I gritted my teath.

    26 of 31 people found this review helpful
  • Ten Minutes from Home: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Beth Greenfield
    • Narrated By Ann M. Richardson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Ten Minutes from Home is the poignant account of how a suburban New Jersey family struggles to come together after being shattered by tragedy. In this searing, sparely written, and surprisingly wry memoir, Beth Greenfield shares what happens in 1982 when, as a 12-year-old, she survives a drunk-driving accident that kills her younger brother Adam and best friend Kristin. Ten Minutes from Home exquisitely captures both the heartache of lost innocence and the solace of strength and survival.

    Kathleen says: "True story of a car accident and aftermath"
    "Insightful and introspective"
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    I enjoyed this book as it gave me a look at how a family dealt with tragedy. Although it was not perfectly done, the family grappled to come to terms with something that is unimaginable in one's own life. Loosing someone near and dear. I thought the author dealt with it in a kind and non judgemental way - telling how it is along with the fragility of the human spirit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Genevieve Valentine
    • Narrated By Scott Aiello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    Outside any city still standing, the Mechanical Circus Tresaulti sets up its tents. Crowds pack the benches to gawk at the brass-and-copper troupe and their impossible feats: Ayar the Strong Man, the acrobatic Grimaldi Brothers, fearless Elena and her aerialists who perform on living trapezes. War is everywhere, but while the Circus is performing, the world is magic. That magic is no accident: Boss builds her circus from the bones out, molding a mechanical company that will survive the unforgiving landscape.

    DJ says: "Beautiful, tragic and grotesque"
    "Disjointed and Half-baked"
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    I really wanted to like this book after reading "Water for Elephants" which was also about a circus and a superb story which I enjoyed it immensely! However, "Mechanique" came across to me as a dark, disjointed story with the characters wandering around angry and waiting to 'do each other in'. I eventually had to stop listening as I got to frustrated and depressed with not knowing the characters and losing the plot as it was not clearly defined by the author. If you like dark depressing books, then this is for you.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Assassin's Code: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1529)
    Performance
    (1434)
    Story
    (1434)

    When Joe Ledger and Echo Team rescue a group of American college kids held hostage in Iran, the Iranian government then asks them to help find six nuclear bombs planted in the Mideast oil fields. These stolen WMDs will lead Joe and Echo Team into hidden vaults of forbidden knowledge, mass-murder, betrayal, and a brotherhood of genetically-engineered killers with a thirst for blood.

    Melinda says: "Hang On To Your Shorts!"
    "Awash with predictable role-playing"
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    Story was like a b grade action flick. It was awash with predictable role-playing, with blood an guts everywhere. It reminded me of a band of pumped up boys running around trying to one-up each other. The plot got more and more unbelievable. I just hung on to see if the garlic dust could stop the religious hot-heads from blowing up the world with a nuclear bomb!! Yes that far-fetched!!

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Way We Live Now

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Anthony Trollope
    • Narrated By Timothy West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (372)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (204)

    In this world of bribes, vendettas and swindling, in which heiresses are gambled and won, Trollope's characters embody all the vices: Lady Carbury is 'false from head to foot'; her son Felix has 'the instincts of a horse, not approaching the higher sympathies of a dog'; and Melmotte - the colossal figure who dominates the book - is a 'horrid, big, rich scoundrel... a bloated swindler... a vile city ruffian'.

    Nardia says: "Long, but well worth it."
    "Could be condensed into half an hour"
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    Reading a book like this makes one think about how much time was squandered in those days! I fast forwarded the chapters from time to time and thought that I was still in the same spot!! I did not get a good feeling from listening to this book as it was all about matchmaking in the excruciatingly slow 19th century way. A few political sub-plots and money making scams thrown in for good measure. Women being used and abused or just treated as window dressing. Very uninspiring!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Darlings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Cristina Alger
    • Narrated By Jonathan Fried
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (62)

    Now that he's married to Merrill Darling, daughter of billionaire financier Carter Darling, attorney Paul Ross has grown accustomed to New York society and all of its luxuries: a Park Avenue apartment, weekends in the Hamptons, bespoke suits. When Paul loses his job, Carter offers him the chance to head the legal team at his hedge fund. Thrilled with his good fortune in the midst of the worst financial downturn since the Great Depression, Paul accepts the position. But Paul's luck is about to shift....

    glamazon says: "Another Madoff Spin-off"
    "Not a Unique Plot"
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    In short this book is about a rich man falling from grace and for very "trite" reasons too. Not a very endearing scenario, similar to the other book "The end of Normal". I did not identify with the characters, sentiment or the way it was handled. It was written in an aloof manner, The characters were only sketched not "drawn". I did not learn anything, except that the criminal system can be worked to your advantage, (which everyone knows anyway) Nothing educational or uplifting in this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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