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helle

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  • 11 reviews
  • 33 ratings
  • 51 titles in library
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  • Butterfly's Shadow

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lee Langley
    • Narrated By Laurel Lefkow
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (171)

    In a Japan still rigid with tradition, an apprehensive 15-year-old tea-house girl prepares to welcome her first client. In his gleaming white uniform, Lieutenant Pinkerton walks up the hill to a house in Nagasaki to find the female he has purchased for a few weeks. When he sails away, she waits, aching for his return. It is one of the world’s great love stories. And, as the curtain falls on Madame Butterfly, Cho-Cho hands over her son to his American father, before killing herself...

    Mary Catherine says: "Unhappy"
    "very good story, but it is dragged out too long."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes
    If the author had written with about 4 or 5 chapters less, then it would have been much more enjoyable.


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

    No


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Too long for one sitting


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Best Kept Secret: The Clifton Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (627)
    Performance
    (543)
    Story
    (543)

    Best Kept Secret opens a moment after the end of The Sins of the Father, with the resolution of the trial and the triumphant marriage of Harry Clifton and Elizabeth Barrington, finally uniting their family. Harry, now a best-selling novelist; Emma; their son, Sebastian; and orphaned Jessica make a new life for themselves, but all is not as happy and secure as it could be. Emma's brother, Giles, is engaged to a woman who may be more interested in Barrington's fortune and title than in a long and happy marriage.

    cristina says: "Plot without characters"
    "what a great read this was"
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    Would you listen to Best Kept Secret again? Why?

    I would definitely read this book again.
    I can hardly wait for the last book in this series.

    If it is Jeffrey Archer then it has to be good - in my opinion.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shell Seekers

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Rosamunde Pilcher
    • Narrated By Lynn Redgrave
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (37)

    Set in London and Cornwall from World War II to present, The Shell Seekers tells the story of the Keeling family, and of the passions and heartbreak that have held them together for three generations. The family centers around Penelope, and it is her love, courage, and sense of values that determine the course of all their lives.

    Deftly shifting back and forth in time, each chapter centers on one of the principal players in the family's history. The unifying thread is an oil painting entitled "The Shell Seekers".

    helle says: "This version of the shell seekers is only 45mins"
    "This version of the shell seekers is only 45mins"
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    Would you listen to The Shell Seekers again? Why?

    This 24 hour book is a wonderful story. I would read it 2 or 3 times again.
    It is my all time favorite book.

    However in Canada we cannot get the unabridged version. This45 min is not worth purchasing.


    What about Lynn Redgrave’s performance did you like?

    This short version was well read - very good


    Any additional comments?

    I hope others will ask audible to try to get the entire book.

    It is a family saga in Cornwall. And it is very hard to put it down.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The House at Riverton

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2657)
    Performance
    (1730)
    Story
    (1726)

    Summer 1924: On the eve of a glittering Society party, by the lake of a grand English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again....Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, one-time housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet's suicide. Ghosts awaken, and memories, long consigned to the dark reaches of Grace's mind, begin to sneak back through the cracks.

    Cathy says: "superbly written mystery"
    "A long boring read. I meant to put 1star by it."
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    What made the experience of listening to The House at Riverton the most enjoyable?

    Very little


    Has The House at Riverton turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. But it has turned me off Kate Morton


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was excellent


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12401)
    Performance
    (8315)
    Story
    (8356)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Absolutely great book"
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    What did you love best about Unbroken?

    I liked that it is based on fact


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It is a hard book to read because it is about the cruelty of the Japenase to pows.
    This is certainly not all the book is about it is truly a great story about a 4min. ruunner and his life .


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog Named Trixie

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (143)

    In a profound, funny, and beautifully rendered portrait of a beloved companion, bestselling novelist Dean Koontz remembers the golden retriever who changed his life. A retired service dog, Trixie was three when Dean and his wife, Gerda, welcomed her into their home. She was superbly trained, but her greatest gifts couldn’t be taught: her keen intelligence, her innate joy, and an uncanny knack for living in the moment.

    S. Stambler says: "Superb On All Levels. Dog Lover? Purcahse Now!"
    "A slow start - but a real dog lovers story"
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    Would you listen to A Big Little Life again? Why?

    I enjoyed it a lot but I rarely retread a book unless it is really great


    What did you like best about this story?

    The dogs owners experiences were just like mine and therefore brought back great memories for me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8333)
    Performance
    (5027)
    Story
    (5018)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Keith says: "Ken Follett and John Lee / Audible's Dream Team"
    "A superb book"
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    Where does Fall of Giants rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Fall of Giants is one of the best books I have read to date.
    It is a historical book and at the same time a very good story.


    0 of 0 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
    (4169)
    Performance
    (3567)
    Story
    (3564)

    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"
    "excellent story -a real page turner"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Defending Jacob to be better than the print version?

    Unknown


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Defending Jacob?

    When Jacobs father discovers that Jacob is likely to be the murderer


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book kept me up very late because it was so good


    Any additional comments?

    I would highly recommend this book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dancing at the Rascal Fair

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Ivan Doig
    • Narrated By Robert Ian MacKenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (559)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (246)

    Dancing at the Rascal Fair by National Book Award nominee Ivan Doig captures the passion and tenacity of turn-of-the-century immigrants struggling to build new lives amidst Montana’s windswept Rockies. The tale unfolds into a contest of the heart between Anna Ramsay and Angus McCaskill—kept apart by obligations—as they and their stormy kin vie to tame the brutal land.

    Dana C. Nicolay says: "New Favorite"
    "Loved every minute of this book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would highly recommend this book.

    What a treat to read a book that you can hardly put down -from the first page to the last page - there is always something going on to hold your attention.


    Have you listened to any of Robert Ian MacKenzie’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No this is the first one: but it definitely will not be the last one


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Coming Home

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Rosamunde Pilcher
    • Narrated By Lynn Redgrave
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    Five years in the writing, Coming Home is the tale Rosamunde Pilcher believes to be the capstone of a lifetime of writing. Her most ambitious and compelling work yet, Coming Home is a vast canvas, and a vividly drawn portrait of an era close to us in time, yet now disappeared. Like The Shell Seekers, Coming Home is an intensely personal story. Like September, it teems with marvelous, memorable characters. Coming Home is a story to be savored, an old-fashioned tale hardly anyone knows how to tell anymore. In telling the story of Judith Dunbar and her loved ones, Rosamunde Pilcher describes each family member with warmth, wisdom and clear-eyed insight. Coming Home is a totally involving story of a young woman's coming of age, coming to terms with both love and sadness, and, in every sense of the word, Coming Home.

    Nora says: "Good News, Bad News"
    "wonderful story - roasmunde pitcher always great"
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    Would you listen to Coming Home again? Why?

    Yes I will. I will read it several times.

    Rosamunde Pilcher is always a winner - all of her books are most enjoyable.
    I would read any of her books and know it has to be good - it is always is


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy a good book that is nothing but enjoyable then this one you will love.
    No tragedy or distress - just an excellent read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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