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  • Letters from Home

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jo Barrett
    • Narrated By R. E. Chambliss
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (93)

    After his grandmother’s death, John Caldwell appreciates the sweet letters and cookie care packages her friend “Aunt Bee” sends during his tour of duty in Iraq. When he returns home, he decides to visit the elderly lady and thank her in person. “Aunt Bee” is no spinster in sensible shoes, however. She’s young, smart, kind, luscious Pheobe Hunnicut, and when John meets her face to face, her delicious cookies aren’t the only things he wants to sample.

    Stephanie says: "SWEET CUTE STORY."
    "Made of TV movie story - Narrator is terrible."
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    I'm glad I only paid $3.00 for this book. The story was predictable from page 1 - a storyline like a made for TV Hallmark movie - sickeningly sweet, except for the one sex scene which was so overplayed. Life is not like that. What made it worse was the narrator was terrible. Over-pronouncing words and speaking in a slow and deliberate tone - like a librarian would do to a group of children at story hour. It was painful to listen to. The book was just okay. I don't recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • We Were Liars

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By E. Lockhart
    • Narrated By Ariadne Meyers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (643)
    Performance
    (559)
    Story
    (567)

    A beautiful and distinguished family. A private island. A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy. A group of four friends - the Liars - whose friendship turns destructive. A revolution. An accident. A secret. Lies upon lies. True love. The truth. We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

    Ida Wilder says: "Fell flat for me"
    "Not Worth the Time"
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    Sorry, can't recommend this one. Forced myself to finish it, and was more than disappointed with the ending. Very strange. So many loose ends we never find out about -like what actually happened that night???

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23802)
    Performance
    (19776)
    Story
    (19766)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    "Be Prepared for Stops and Starts and a LONG journe"
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    This book was recommended to me. Can't say I truly enjoyed it. It was hard to follow at times and dragged on far too long. The characters were far from real. I thought the ending was strange. It was just okay, but I would not recommend it to anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mice: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Gordon Reece
    • Narrated By Polly Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    Shelley and her mom have been menaced long enough. Excused from high school where a trio of bullies nearly killed her, and still reeling from her parents' humiliating divorce, Shelley has retreated with her mother to the quiet of Honeysuckle Cottage in the countryside. Thinking their troubles are over, they revel in their cozy, secure life of gardening and books, hot chocolate, and Brahms by the fire. But on the eve of Shelley's 16th birthday, an unwelcome guest disturbs their peace, and something inside Shelley snaps.

    Rhonda says: "Story is a but crazy!"
    "Story is a but crazy!"
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    Holds your attention. Many twists and turns. It's not a realistic story, but keeps your mind rolling along.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Big Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7546)
    Performance
    (6614)
    Story
    (6614)

    Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

    horslovr says: "Very entertaining!"
    "Great listen. Great narrator."
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    This one had me from the beginning. Good story, holds your interest, and tugs at lots of different emotions. Great narration! The narrator really grabs the personalities of each person. High recommend if you are not looking for anything "deep". Worth the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Falling Home

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Karen White
    • Narrated By Lyssa Browne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (60)

    Cassie Madison has it all: A high-powered advertising career; a stylish Manhattan apartment; and a sophisticated, rich, and gorgeous fiancé. It's a far cry from her childhood in Walton, Georgia, home of the annual Kudzu Festival and hot, sticky summers. And then there are all the bad memories, the heartache. When Cassie's estranged sister calls to say that her father is dying, Cassie knows it's time to set aside her feelings and go home and face the sister she hasn't seen in 15 years.

    Melissa says: "Wasn't sure but glad I did!"
    "Don't Bother"
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    This book was 16+ hours of listening. There wasn't much of a story. It was sort of like a very predictable Made-for-TV movie story, but drawn out wayyyyyyyyy toooooooo looooong. The characters are predictabl, as is the plot. The narrator was so-so. More than once I kept thinking I can't wait for this book to finish. I'd say skip this one. Not worth the time commitment. It would be an okay as a quick beach listen if it was 2 or 3 hours.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hannah's Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Diane Hammond
    • Narrated By Laura Flanagan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    For 41 years, Samson Brown has been caring for Hannah, the lone elephant at the down-at-the-heels Max L. Biedelman Zoo. Having vowed not to retire until an equally loving and devoted caretaker is found to replace him, Sam rejoices when smart, compassionate Neva Wilson is hired as the new elephant keeper. But Neva quickly discovers what Sam already knows: that despite their loving care, Hannah is isolated from other elephants and her feet are nearly ruined from standing on hard concrete all day.

    Elizabeth says: "excellent narration, enjoyable story"
    "Cute story, but way too long."
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    This is a cute story, but the book is way too long and goes into details about non-consequential events and people. Just page filler. The narrator did an okay job, but she tended to make some people talk way too slowly, making them sound almost borderline abnormal. Can't say I'd recommend either the book or the narrator. A couple of times I thought of not finishing it. The ending was a bit of a let down after listening for so long.... I think you can easily skip this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Six Years

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3325)
    Performance
    (2871)
    Story
    (2893)

    Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd. But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for...but she is not Natalie....

    G. House Sr. says: "Obsession, mystery, and you're hooked!"
    "Worst. Book. Ever. Written."
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    Skip this one. Stupid, stupid, stupid. It felt like SIX YEARS just trying to force myself through to the end. Ridiculous. If I could rate it 0 stars, I would.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Snow Child

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Eowyn Ivey
    • Narrated By Debra Monk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1918)
    Performance
    (1674)
    Story
    (1664)

    Debut novelist Eowyn ivey’s experience living in the Alaskan wilderness brings a palpable authenticity to The Snow Child. Alaska in the 1920s is a difficult place for Jack and Mabel. Drifting apart, the childless couple discover Faina, a young girl living alone in the wilderness. Soon, Jack and Mabel come to love Faina as their own. But when they learn a surprising truth about the girl, their lives change in profound ways.

    Bonny says: "Magical, realistic and well worth listening to"
    "Skip this One !!"
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    This is possibly the worst book ever written. It’s like a bad fairy tale on drugs. It’s completely non-sensical, and isn’t even interesting. Not to mention that it’s wwaaaayyyyy tooooooo looooonnnnggg. I can’t believe I made it all the way through to the end. It was only by sheer determination, but its 10+ hours of my life I’ll never get back. The ONLY redeeming qualities were the artful writing and the performance of the narrator, but the story is totally ridiculous and the ending is beyond ridiculous. Save your money and time on this one.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4774)
    Performance
    (4077)
    Story
    (4080)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Still Thinking About This Tale Weeks After"
    "Take it or Leave it"
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    This book had a somewhat interesting plot line and is written in the first person, but it's not a true story. I guess if you are a parent, you can identify with what kind of emotions and problems would occur when your child is accused of a murder. The book is wwaaaayyyyyy too long and tedious in places - particularly in some courtroom exchanges. The questions asked by the attorneys about minute little details regarding knives, etc. that have nothing to do with the story cause you to lose interest - and practically put you to sleep. I found myself saying out loud more than once: "Just move on already!". The book could probably be about 1/2 its length and still tell the story. It wouldn't improve the story line, though, which is just mediocre and - for the most part - mostly unbelievable. I can neither recommend nor not recommend. It depends whether you have 15 hours of your life you don't care if you never get back.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Jonas Jonasson
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2580)
    Performance
    (2314)
    Story
    (2331)

    After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash.

    Sylvia says: "Full of Surprises and Unexpected Events"
    "Feels like "100 years" listening to this one."
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    I forced myself to listen to half the book, but had to abandon it. It started out cute and interesting enough, but the turns the story took were just too weird and couldn't keep my attention. I can't recomment this one.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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