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  • The Secret Life of Bees

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1453)
    Performance
    (971)
    Story
    (964)

    Sue Monk Kidd's ravishing debut novel has stolen the hearts of reviewers and readers alike with its strong, assured voice. Set in South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed.

    Laura says: "It's hard to stop listening..."
    "Unassumingly Charming Southern Literature"
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    This novel was read beautifully by Jenna Lamia. She really captured the voice of Lily.

    This story captures the culture of the 60s in the South in a beautiful, rather than tragic way. The story of her discovering who she is - no doubt a result of her past, and a child of the South, but not one to be stuck in the mire of either - is an inspiring one. We should all learn to love so readily.

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  • Firefly Lane: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1163)
    Performance
    (656)
    Story
    (663)

    Firefly Lane is the poignant, powerful story of two women and the friendship that becomes the mainstay of their lives. For 30 years, Tully and Kate buoy each other through life, weathering the storms of friendship: jealousy, anger, hurt, resentment. They think they've survived it all, until a single act of betrayal tears them apart...and puts their courage and friendship to the ultimate test.

    Cherri says: "slow read"
    "A Story for Women of All Generations"
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    I think all women have That Friend -- the one who, no matter their age when they met -- is knit into their soul. I know I do - and I couldn't help but think of our relationship as I read the story of Kate and Tully. We met as awkward teenagers and now - at 30 - we remain close friends, despite the distance that separates us.

    I think that's a high praise of this book. While it is very specific in its place in history -- very informed by the culture of the years it's written of -- the heart of the story is timeless. Absolutely nothing can replace a best friend. And a best friend - despite her flaws and the stark differences in your lives - is seamlessly and inescapably attached to you ... Always.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23657)
    Performance
    (10242)
    Story
    (10323)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Captivating, Dark Tale"
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    What did you love best about The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo?

    I don't know anything about Sweden, so the scenery and history of the location becomes a character in his fast-moving plot. I learned a lot about the area - lots of details that shouldn't be skimmed over, lest the story lose some impacting details. (Particularly the details about the Vanger family's political affiliations.)


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    Mikhail and Lisbeth, of course.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • John

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Cynthia Lennon
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (69)

    In John, Cynthia recalls those times with the loving honesty of an insider, offering new and fascinating insights into the life of John Lennon and the early days of the Beatles. And with the perspective only years can provide, she also tells the compelling story of her marriage to a man who was to become a music legend, a cultural hero, and a defining figure of the twentieth century.

    Mary says: "A unique perspective"
    "Intimate View of John Lennon's Early-Adult Years"
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    Where does John rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is among my favorite audiobooks. I'm a Beatles fan and really enjoyed this honest, intimate view of John's early adult years from the perspective of his first wife. It wasn't particularly well-written and I don't think it bared any details that we didn't know already, or that we couldn't have easily surmised. But fans of the Beatles will probably enjoy the intimate perspective of a woman who loved John.


    Any additional comments?

    It's no surprise that there is no love lost between Cynthia Lennon and Yoko Ono -- understandably so. The fact that Yoko is still alive at all means Cynthia handled that situation better than I would've! But you can tell from the final three chapters of this book that Cynthia definitely had an agenda that wasn't JUST to remember John. After John's death, there maybe should've been one final chapter, discussing his children (specifically Julian) and John's legend and lasting cultural impact. But we got two additional chapters, discussing conflicts with Yoko even years after John's death. Now, I'm no fan of Yoko Ono, but this just seemed a little out of place with the rest of the book being portrait of John. I feel like she maybe should've just stuck with that. And then she should write a separate book about Yoko, that man-stealing cow. :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lucky One

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1222)
    Performance
    (772)
    Story
    (777)

    Is there really such thing as a lucky charm? The hero of Nicholas Sparks's new novel believes he's found one in the form of a photograph of a smiling woman he's never met, but who he comes to believe holds the key to his destiny. The chain of events that leads to him possessing the photograph and finding the woman pictured in it is the stuff of love stories only a master such as Sparks can write.

    Amber says: "Very enjoyable!!!!"
    "Terrible Narration Doesn't Ruin Sparks' Story"
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    What did you love best about The Lucky One?

    Story - while a typical Sparks story - is sentimental mush that's nice to get involved in on occasion.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Good escape literature. Nothing to take too seriously.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Oh my. This narrator is not cut out for this genre. His voice reminds me of a less-pleasant and engaging John Tesh. His female voices are bad enough to be outright distracting, not to mention the in-genuine Southern ICK he applies to every female. And every time he does Victor's voice, Victor's accent changes from Russian to Italian to nondescript-European? It's just odd.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (27614)
    Performance
    (14206)
    Story
    (14257)

    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!"
    "If you're new to audiobooks, Start Here!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Help to be better than the print version?

    YES!! The voices that these ladies capture ... it just MAKES this book. I am so pleased to have this audiobook in my collection. I will listen to it over and over.

    This book was my 2nd audiobook experience and it almost ruined me for audiobooks in the future. The next book I listened too seemed so dry in comparison!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It is impossible to pick just one. I just love all the characters so much. Abilene with "her children". Minnie with Miss Celia. Skeeter and the complexities of her story that just can't be glanced over as (I feel) they were in the movie.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Don't watch the movie; Listen to the audiobook. :)
    (Just kidding. The movie was good too. But the book - as always - was just so much better.)


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18649)
    Performance
    (16600)
    Story
    (16561)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Lovers of the 50s and 60s will not be disappointed"
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    What made the experience of listening to 11-22-63 the most enjoyable?

    I call myself a lover of the 50s and 60s. The Kennedys. The Civil Rights Movement. Martin Luther King, Jr. The simpler times. The music. And this book had them all -- all the nostalgia that I have for a time I never knew, without glossing over the 'ugly' parts - the racism and the Cold War elements, in particular.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 11-22-63?

    I just loved the story of "George" and Sadie. It tied the whole book together beautifully.


    Have you listened to any of Craig Wasson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He really performed this novel. This was my first time hearing one of his performances and with the breadth of characters, and a different voice for each one - even taking regional diction and accents into account. This was quite an undertaking. He made it a fun listen.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Oh, yes. Several. I was moved to tears several times -- particularly during the "Of Mice and Men" play and even the Jamboree specials. And no one could avoid being pulled in to the story as it reached its ultimate climax when the heroes were in the textbook depository with Oswald. A moment in history where they had the opportunity to affect the WORLD. King wrote this beautifully.


    Any additional comments?

    The story began to drag a little in the middle; but not to the point I ever considered not listening! I highly recommend! Enjoyed immensely.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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