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diane

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  • The Hypnotist's Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Tamara Lovatt Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (300)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (269)

    Ellen O’Farrell is a bit unusual. She’s a hypnotherapist. She’s never met her father. And she can’t seem to keep a relationship going. (Okay, that’s more normal that we want to admit.) When Ellen meets Patrick, she’s hopeful nevertheless. But when he says he needs to tell her something, she fears the worst. When Patrick reveals that his ex-girlfriend is stalking him, Ellen thinks, "Is that all?" She’s more intrigued than frightened. She’d love to meet her. What she doesn’t know is that she already has.

    S says: "a twisted love story...so interesting!"
    "ok read - a little slow"
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    started off kind of intriguing - then got slow and predictable..
    I liked "The husband's secret" much better..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (5876)
    Performance
    (4242)
    Story
    (4262)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Shannon says: "Word Thief"
    "new perspective"
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    not your average WWII story - really enjoyed this perspective. good story with many elements. you will not be disappointed but don't expect sunshine & puppies. WWII reality prevails.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peril at End House: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    On holiday on the Cornish Riviera, Hercule Poirot is alarmed to hear pretty Nick Buckley describe her recent "accidental brushes with death". First, on a treacherous Cornish hillside, the brakes on her car failed. Then, on a coastal path, a falling boulder missed her by inches. Later, an oil painting fell and almost crushed her in bed. So when Poirot finds a bullet hole in Nick's sun hat, he decides that this girl needs his help. Can he find the would-be killer before he hits his target?

    diane says: "great narration - agatha never seems to disappoint"
    "great narration - agatha never seems to disappoint"
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    great story as always - Miss Christie is a gem. enjoyed the story, the narration - all aspects. good & entertaining read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Einstein's Cosmos: How Albert Einstein's Vision Transformed Our Understanding of Space and Time: Great Discoveries

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Michio Kaku
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (246)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (225)

    A dazzling tour of the universe as Einstein saw it. How did Albert Einstein come up with the theories that changed the way we look at the world? By thinking in pictures. Michio Kaku, leading theoretical physicist (a cofounder of string theory) and best-selling science storyteller, shows how Einstein used seemingly simple images to lead a revolution in science. With originality and expertise, Kaku uncovers the surprising beauty that lies at the heart of Einstein's cosmos

    david says: "Relatively Wonderful"
    "interesting perspective on einstein"
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    enjoyed the book - learned a lot. great narration and kept my interest. enjoyed the break from traditional subjects.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11523)
    Performance
    (10389)
    Story
    (10453)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "interesting story line --- for teenagers"
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    I found that Hunger Games and Divergent have a lot in common except that Hunger games can transcend generational interest much better. This story was meant for a more immature audience and devoted a lot of time to interactions particularly exchanges of insults and physical assault.
    I grew weary of the teenage perspective and I lost interest.
    narrator has a lot of bitchy sarcastic inflection - that grew tiresome too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Todd Burpo, Lynn Vincent
    • Narrated By Dean Gallagher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2187)
    Performance
    (1554)
    Story
    (1587)

    When Colton Burpo made it through an emergency appendectomy, his family was overjoyed at his miraculous survival. What they weren’t expecting, though, was the story that emerged in the months that followed—a story as beautiful as it was extraordinary, detailing their little boy’s trip to heaven and back.

    Jill says: "Heaven is For Real"
    "hmmmm…still wondering"
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    Unsure about this book - I had hopes for more of a broader story and less focus on a detailed account of a child's illness and ultimate brush with death. The fact that Dad is a minister and reads bible stores each night to his children does not convince the listener that his son is completely subjective and could never have imagines the things he encountered on his visit to "heaven". Dad spends a lot of time trying to prove that Colton could not have come up with these things on his own. I am here to tell you that small children have big ears and hear a lot of things from their parents that the parents never imagined them hearing or comprehending. Whether or not you believe the account of one little boy who said he went to heaven and back, it is clear that his parents believe him wholeheartedly and that is the crux of the book. There is little more to this story than that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Family Pictures

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jane Green
    • Narrated By Amy Quint
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (95)

    From the author of Another Piece of My Heart comes the gripping story of two women who live on opposite coasts but whose lives are connected in ways they never could have imagined. Both women are wives and mothers to children who are about to leave the nest for school. They're both in their 40s and have husbands who travel more than either of them would like. They are both feeling an emptiness neither had expected. But when a shocking secret is exposed, their lives are blown apart.

    Kathi says: "Two families' lives in shock"
    "good read"
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    Good character development -- good story of these 2 women who find themselves drawn together unexpectedly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3551)
    Performance
    (3165)
    Story
    (3176)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "revealing"
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    If you want to know more about the Lincoln assassination, this book will not disappoint. I really liked getting to know the historical characters on a personal level - it gives so much more to the reader. I think Mr O'Reilly could've given the narration to someone else, that said, he doesn't do a bad job - it just could be a little better. His narration does not detract from the story, but it does nothing to enhance it. Luckily, the story holds together quite well on its own.
    Worth the read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark R. Levin
    • Narrated By Jason Culp, Mark R. Levin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (246)

    Mark R. Levin has made the case, in numerous New York Times best-selling books - Men in Black, Liberty and Tyranny, and Ameritopia - that the principles undergirding our society and governmental system are unravelling. In The Liberty Amendments, he turns to the founding fathers and the constitution itself for guidance in restoring the American republic.

    Herb says: "We need to enhance the Constitution"
    "good info - vital lesson in civics"
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    Mark Levin points out that there IS HOPE in the fight to hold onto to our inalienable rights as US Citizens. As a student, my civics class was extremely boring to me - but Mark Levin makes it interesting and the book left me in awe of the brilliance of our founding fathers.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Husband's Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (1877)
    Performance
    (1673)
    Story
    (1685)

    Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive....

    FanB14 says: "Soap Opera Digest"
    "excellent!"
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    Loved every minute - spellbinding and well written. I would like to read more by this author. The narrator was perfect. Really loved this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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