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  • A Dog's Purpose: A Novel for Humans

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By W. Bruce Cameron
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2167)
    Performance
    (1460)
    Story
    (1463)

    After a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey is surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy. Bailey's search for his new life's meaning leads him into the loving arms of eight-year-old Ethan. During their countless adventures, Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog. But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey's journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders, will he ever find his purpose?

    Blythe says: "Best dog book ever!"
    "loved it!"
    Overall

    I loved this book, I don't have a dog, and wasn't sure how much i would enjoy this book. However, i went with the great ratings and found it absolutely delightful! an entertaining read , that engages you from the start. Plus the narrator does a great job of reading the dogs voice.
    highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chaperone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2340)
    Performance
    (2060)
    Story
    (2047)

    >The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

    Amanda says: "Perfection."
    "Excellent book, highly recommend!"
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    This book is an absolute delight. I am 3/4 of the way through and I will be so sorry to say good bye to it. It's a marvellous listen, I highly, highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18652)
    Performance
    (16604)
    Story
    (16564)

    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"
    "GOOD -but long!"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Overall i enjoyed this book, but i did find it overly long and it did not hold my attention in the same way as other lenghty novels i have listened to in the past. I would recommend it but with the proviso that it is very long, personally because of that, I would not choose it again, and the fact that it did not hold my attention at all times.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Blaine Harden
    • Narrated By Blaine Harden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (628)
    Performance
    (555)
    Story
    (561)

    North Korea is isolated and hungry, bankrupt and belligerent. It is also armed with nuclear weapons. Between 150,000 and 200,000 people are being held in its political prison camps, which have existed twice as long as Stalin’s Soviet gulags and twelve times as long as the Nazi concentration camps. Very few born and raised in these camps have escaped - but Shin Dong-hyuk did.

    Amanda says: "Worthwhile, but difficult on many levels."
    "very interesting book"
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    Where does Escape from Camp 14 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a very good audio book , having already listened to NOTHING TO ENVY, (which i would also highly recommmend and probably listen to before this audio,) I thought this book was a good complement to it and provided a point of view on another aspect of North Korean life. ie life in a camp in North Korea.


    What does Blaine Harden bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I thought Blaine Harden did a very good job of narrating his book and this is not always the case when an author chooses to narrate.


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

    How can North Korea be allowed to carry on like this, that's the question. People are treated in such an inhuman way. its absolutely horrendous.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3208)
    Performance
    (2852)
    Story
    (2859)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "loved it!"
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    Where does The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    this book is up there with the best, delightful listen


    What did you like best about this story?

    the lovely writing, and the way the story flowed and made you think about life.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the entire book, the parts with the other pilgrims slowed things down for me a bit, but once they left it was great again.


    Any additional comments?

    Althought i enjoyed the entire book and would highly recommend it, the ending was not as satisfactory as I think it could have been, would have liked a bit more there and a bit more satisfying, but overall a great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Town Like Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Robin Bailey
    Overall
    (1718)
    Performance
    (1148)
    Story
    (1157)

    Jean Paget is just twenty years old and working in Malaya when the Japanese invasion begins. When she is captured she joins a group of other European women and children whom the Japanese force to march for miles through the jungle. While on the march, the group run into some Australian prisoners, one of whom, Joe Harman, helps them steal some food, and is horrifically punished by the Japanese as a result.

    Amazon Customer says: "Better still in Audio form"
    "Love it- fabulous story"
    Overall

    I originally saw the pbs production 30 years ago which I enjoyed, so thought i would listen to the book as i had forgotten a lot of the story. The audio book is wonderful. I am 2/3 of the way through it and so enjoying it! If you liked The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society I believe you would really enjoy this. So glad I bought this audio. One of the oldies but goodies! Highly recommend it. Probably more a woman's book IMHO, but some men may enjoy it as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Faithful Place: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3821)
    Performance
    (2191)
    Story
    (2196)

    New York Times best-selling author Tana French has won the prestigious Edgar, Barry, Macavity, and Anthony awards. As her third novel featuring the Dublin Murder Squad opens, 19-year-old Frank Mackey is waiting in vain for Rosie, who he’s supposed to run away to London with. But when she doesn’t show, Frank leaves Dublin without her—thinking never to return.

    Amazon Customer says: "Incredible"
    "Did not enjoy and would no recommend!"
    Overall

    I did not enjoy this book and agreed with the early reviewers opinions. I found there was far too much talking about nothing , -and which did nothing to move the story along.It seemed like filler. I agree the author sets the place well, but move on with the story already!! I also did not care about the main character, found him to be too cynical -and the swearing and bad language to be a bit excessive. after 4 hours i gave it a pass, -BORING!

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Solomon vs. Lord

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Paul Levine
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (42)

    She's old-money Miami. He's barefoot Coconut Grove. The only thing they had in common was the law, until they faced each other in the steamiest murder trial of the century, a case that would make sparks fly, headlines scream, and opposites attract. Surrounded by crooks, con men, and a cast of colorful characters, Steve Solomon and Vickie Lord must solve the crime before they end up in ruin, in jail, or, worse, in bed.

    S. Johnston says: "thoroughly delightful"
    "lots of fun, a great listen!"
    Overall

    loved this book, husband and I listened together on a road trip. It's a hilarious light book, with lots of laughs and an excellent narrator. Although the second in this series is not as good, due to both content and change of narrator, I would highly recommend this one for sure!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Identical Strangers: A Memoir of Twins Separated and Reunited

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Elyse Schein, Paula Bernstein
    • Narrated By Alma Cuervo, Effie Johnson
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    This is the astonishing true story of Elyse Schein and Paula Bernstein, who shared a personal history for more than three decades - and didn't know it. In her mid-30s, Schein finally decided to call an adoption agency to learn about her biological mother. Not expecting much, she instead got the surprise of her life. Her identical twin sister, Bernstein, lived just minutes away.

    Barry says: "Heartwarming story"
    "ok"
    Overall

    this audio was ok, it was an interesting story, but one of the narrators had a habit of taking audible breaths at times, which was mildly distracting, better narration with the second voice would have helped.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Every Last One

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Anna Quindlen
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (998)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (288)

    In this breathtaking and beautiful novel, the #1 New York Times best-selling author Anna Quindlen creates an unforgettable portrait of a mother, a father, a family, and the explosive, violent consequences of what seem like inconsequential actions.

    Kimberly says: "Almost Unbearably Sad, Completely Wonderful"
    "would not recommend"
    Overall

    I did not really enjoy this audio book, though i finished it, my overall impression at the end, was -a depressing book with way too much navel-gazing by the main character over minutia, enough already! would not recommend, although Anna Quindlen is a great writer this is not one of her best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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