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  • The Vatican Diaries: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Power, Personalities, and Politics at the Heart of the Catholic Church

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By John Thavis
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (123)

    For more than 25 years John Thavis held one of the most fascinating journalistic jobs in the world: reporting on the inner workings of the Vatican. His daily exposure to the power, politics, and personalities in the seat of Roman Catholicism gave him a unique, behind-the-scenes perspective on an institution that is far less monolithic and unified than it first appears. Thavis reveals Vatican City as a place where Curia cardinals fight private wars, scandals threaten to undermine papal authority, and reverence for the past is continually upended by the practical considerations of modern life.

    Linda says: "A neutral look at inner workings of the Vatican"
    "The Vatican Diaries"
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    An interesting listen, although I didn't always like what I heard. It is a miracle the Catholic Church has survived so many years; I imagine the Holy Spirit to have rolled his eyes more often than not.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Shifting Fog

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (166)

    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.

    Karen says: "Alternate title for "The House at Riverton""
    "The Shifting Fog"
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    I love long, wandering stories that are well-read. Caroline Lee is wonderful, and the story is very nice. This is my second Kate Morton book, both having been read by Caroline Lee. Even though they are long, it's always sad when they end.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Misery

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Lindsay Crouse
    Overall
    (393)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (280)

    Thrown from the wreckage of his '74 Camaro, Paul Sheldon, author of a best-selling series of historical romances, wakes up one day in a secluded Colorado farmhouse owned by Annie Wilkes, a psychotic ex-nurse who claims she is his number one fan. Immobilized from the pain of two shattered legs and a crushed knee, Sheldon is at Annie's mercy.

    Renee says: "Excellent narrator plus great source material"
    "No misery here!"
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    This book is absolutely wonderful! I watched the film long ago, and now want to see it again, but as usual, the book is far better, and I thought the film was excellent! I would recommend this but if you listen whilst attending to other things, be warned. You might not get anything done other than listening.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Trail of Secrets

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Eileen Goudge
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Former equestrienne Kate Sutton's hopes for both show-jumping stardom and a family are shattered in a fateful fall from a horse. Yet the miscarriage also brings her an abandoned infant she and her husband claim as their own daughter. Then she reads the headlines about the kidnapped baby and the young mother who lost her, and faces the soul-wrenching decision of her life.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "Predictable Plot-Irritating Narration"
    "I love secrets"
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    I enjoyed this listen. It went up and down and back and forth; kind of mindless but absorbing enough to give me something other than normal life to think about for a while. Eileen Goudge is very good at this sort of story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fishing for Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (456)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (292)

    Nicholas Duncan is a semi-retired shipping magnate who resides in idyllic Beautiful Bay in Indonesia, where he is known as the old patriarch of the islands. He is grieving the loss of his beautiful Eurasian wife, Anna, and is suffering for the first time from disturbing flashbacks to WWII, the scene of their first meeting and early love. His other wartime lover is the striking Marg Hamilton, a powerful and influential political player in Australia who has remained close to Nick.

    Louise says: "Okay Bryce I Just Finished Fishing For Stars"
    "Quite a disappointment"
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    Terribly disappointing. I'd hoped for more stories, vignettes, but the L O N G and very boring sex scene with Marg was a waste of time. Trouble is, I doubt I'll try another Bryce Courtenay title. I should have left well enough alone and stopped with The Persimmon Tree, which was excellent.

    0 of 2 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
    (26624)
    Performance
    (13265)
    Story
    (13308)

    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!"
    "A Wonderful Story"
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    This is such good listening that I quit because I don't want it to end. Listening is a reward, so I space it out. This is GREAT stuff!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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