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  • The Last Chinese Chef

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Nicole Mones
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers, James Chen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (533)
    Performance
    (376)
    Story
    (378)

    When recently widowed Maggie McElroy is called to China to settle a claim against her late husbands estate, she is blindsided by the discovery that he may have led a double life. Since work is all that will keep her sane, her magazine editor assigns her to profile Sam, a half-Chinese American who is the last in a line of gifted chefs tracing back to the imperial palace. As she watches Sam gear up for Chinas Olympic culinary competition by planning the banquet of a lifetime, she begins to see past the cuisines artistry to glimpse its coherent expression of Chinese civilization.

    Dr. says: "Totally Satisfying - highly recommended"
    "Awesome! Philosophy of Chinese Cooking"
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    Loved this book! Fine story and writing, and really neat descriptions of food and fascinating information on the Chinese philosophy about the properties of food and how the top chefs interested in the imperial style strive to complement and balance the perfect banquet.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dear Committee Members: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Julie Schumacher
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    Jason Fitger is a beleaguered professor of creative writing and literature at Payne University, a small and not very distinguished liberal arts college in the midwest. His department is facing draconian cuts and squalid quarters, while one floor above them the Economics Department is getting lavishly remodeled offices. His once-promising writing career is in the doldrums, as is his romantic life, in part as the result of his unwise use of his private affairs for his novels.

    Louise C. Sander says: "Are you kidding me?"
    "Fantastically Funny!"
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    I found this hysterical. Cynical and sarcastic, by turns dry and over the top. Probably a whole lot more interesting and funny for people who have spent a fair amount of time at a university.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tilt-a-Whirl

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Chris Grabenstein
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1500)
    Performance
    (894)
    Story
    (888)

    There isn't much fun in the sun when a billionaire real estate tycoon is found murdered on the Tilt-a-Whirl at a seedy seaside amusement park in the otherwise quiet summer tourist town of Sea Haven. John Ceepak, a former MP just back from Iraq, has just joined the Sea Haven police department. The job offer came from an old Army buddy who hoped to give Ceepak at least a summer's worth of rest and relaxation to help him forget the horrors of war. Instead, Ceepak will head up the murder investigation.

    Bryan says: "A Guilty Pleasure"
    "Wide-eyed Innocent Side-kick Narrator"
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    The mystery is told thru the side-kick of the investigating officer. At first I found the narrator's voice a bit too young and disingenuous, but it did fit the character pretty well. I enjoyed the relationship between the two police officers. The tourist trap island on the (New) Jersey Shore is a funny location and Grabenstein makes nice connections between the fantasy world of tourist entertainment and real life. The mystery isn't especially believable, but I read for characters, and this was nice light entertainment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Plus One: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Bower, Ben Elliot, Nicola Stanton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1033)
    Performance
    (933)
    Story
    (942)

    Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied, and your math-whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can't afford to pay for. That's Jess' life in a nutshell - until an unexpected knight-in-shining-armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess' knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages...maybe ever.

    Kathy says: "Sometimes I need a book that is just fun to read."
    "Multiple readers not a good choice"
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    I don't like the choice of using multiple readers for this book. Each chapter is voiced by a different reader, but when the storyline includes other characters speaking, it gets very confusing. Not all the narrators are equally good at voicing the other characters, and they don't sound at all like the characters they are supposed to be. It just doesn't work and detracted from my enjoyment of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Meant to Be: An Anchor Island Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Terri Osburn
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (107)

    Beth Chandler has spent her whole life pleasing others. She went to law school to make her grandparents happy. She agreed to marry her workaholic boyfriend, Lucas, to make him happy. And, despite her fear of boats, she took a ferry to see Lucas’s parents just to make them happy. While suffering through a panic attack on the ferry, Beth meets a tall, sexy stranger who talks her down from her fear - and makes her heart flutter in the process. Soon, she has a new reason to panic: her gorgeous, blue-eyed rescuer is Lucas’s brother, Joe.

    J. Beach says: "Narrator ruined this book"
    "pleasant romance"
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    Solidly written, but fairly predictable romance (is that redundant?). Entertaining characters, and small town island location make it a guilty pleasure. Good for when you want something light.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paw Enforcement: K9, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Diane Kelly
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (44)

    Officer Luz is lucky she still has a job after tasering a male colleague where it counts the most. Sure, he had it coming - which is why the police chief is giving Megan a second chance. The catch? Her new partner can't carry a gun, can't drive a cruiser, and can't recite the Miranda Rights. Because her new partner is a big furry police dog. So that's what the chief meant when he called Megan's partner a real bitch...With Brigit out on the beat, Megan is writing up enough tickets to wallpaper the whole station.

    Rusty says: "Dog Lover Approved"
    "Entertaining Genre Writing"
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    How can you not like a book which starts with the female cop tasering her vile sexist partner in the balls! The characters are funny and interesting, although not always believable. I read for character and place more than the mystery, and the fact that some of the characters were a little extreme didn't bother me as it was done in the interest of comedy and doesn't set out to be totally realistic--otherwise we wouldn't be getting occasional chapters from the point of view of the dog!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Three Wishes

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Heather Wilds
    Overall
    (227)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (202)

    In this wise, witty, hilarious new novel, we follow the Kettle sisters through their 33rd year, as they struggle to survive their divorced parents' dating each other, their technologically savvy grandmother, a cheating husband, champagne hangovers, and the fabulous, frustrating life of forever being part of a threesome.

    Jen says: "It's Still Moriarty!"
    "Entertaining Triplets"
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    This book was a lot of fun. I enjoy Moriarty's writing. Her characters are unusual and entertaining. The dynamics of the relationship among the triplets and their mom and partners were lively and surprising.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leaving Time

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Abigail Revasch, Kathe Mazur, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1201)
    Performance
    (1105)
    Story
    (1111)

    Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice's old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts. Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest.

    Jan says: "Pickiest Reader Would Be Willing to Give 6 Stars"
    "OK if you like spiritualism"
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    I have enjoyed a number of Jodi Picoult's books, but this is not one of them. I like the realism in the other books and the thoughtful writing about difficult problems. I had hoped to like this as I am a biologist and a big fan of elephants, and that part of the book was fine, but the importance of the character who was a medium turned me off. I have to admit that her take on someone who sees ghosts and can communicate with them was unusual and interesting, but it's not my thing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Half of a Yellow Sun: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (336)
    Performance
    (300)
    Story
    (294)

    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Adichie’s brilliant historical novel follows the fortunes of five characters living through the tumultuous 1960s—a time when the Biafran-Nigerian War raged in southern Africa.

    Alla says: "Horrifyingly human - mandatory reading"
    "Amazing Writer, Fascinating Part of the World"
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    I love Adichie's writing. Her prose is beautiful--she often has a turn of phrase that makes me stop and say "Wow!" I know very little about Nigeria, and less about the civil war, so learning about that part of the world, and that part of history was very interesting, especially embedded in a compelling storyline with interesting characters. I am a big fan!
    By the way, I have a friend who was concerned that the reader might have an accent that was hard to understand, if they went with a Nigerian, but I had no trouble understanding and enjoyed the flavor that the accent gave to the recording that would be missing by reading the book myself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Working Stiff: Mattie Winston Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Annelise Ryan
    • Narrated By Jorjeana Marie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (174)

    When Mattie Winston catches her husband Dr. David Winston receiving some very special loving care from R.N. Karen Owenby, she quits her job and moves out. Mattie's best friend Izzy offers her a place to stay and suggests she'd be a natural as deputy coroner. Now, instead of taking patients' pulses, Mattie's weighing their hearts and livers. But Mattie's first homicide call turns out to be for none other than Nurse Karen, and even though she saw her ex in a heated argument with the newly deceased the night before, she refuses to believe David could be a killer.

    Kathy says: "A Combo of NCIS, Bones and Physical Comedy!"
    "Solid Genre Writing"
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    I enjoyed this book's entertaining and energetic writing. Fun comedic scenes and language. Obligatory awkward romance compellingly done. I will read more when I'm in need of something light.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Sudden Light: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Seth Numrich
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (35)

    In the summer of 1990, fourteen-year-old Trevor Riddell gets his first glimpse of Riddell House. Built from the spoils of a massive timber fortune, the legendary family mansion is constructed of giant, whole trees, and is set on a huge estate overlooking Puget Sound. Trevor’s bankrupt parents have begun a trial separation, and his father, Jones Riddell, has brought Trevor to Riddell House with a goal: to join forces with his sister, Serena, dispatch Grandpa Samuel—who is flickering in and out of dementia...

    Melinda says: "A Ghost of a Story"
    "Beautiful Prose and Descriptions of Place"
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    I love Garth Stein's writing, but I'm not a fan of mystical realism, and that aspect of the story line really turned me off.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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