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  • Solomon's Song: The Australian Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (2195)
    Performance
    (1615)
    Story
    (1614)

    Here is the story of two families, branches of the Solomons, transported to an alien land. Both branches eventually grow rich and powerful. But through three generations, the families never, for one moment, relinquish their hatred for each other. This novel is also the story of Australia, from its beginnings to its coming of age as a nation.

    John says: "Not what I hoped for."
    "Breathtaking!"
    Overall

    I waited months to get this audiobook as the 3rd volume in this triology of family, intermingled with unique historic events.

    Awesome story - the characters come to life with this narrator. Bryce is not a predictable writer and there wasn't a moment in all 3 volumes (50 hours!) that wasn't engaging.

    I can't believe the story has ended. I've downloaded all of his titles - can't wait for more.

    Bravo Mr. Courtenay!

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • The Little Paris Bookshop: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Nina George
    • Narrated By Steve West, Emma Bering, Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1485)
    Performance
    (1371)
    Story
    (1373)

    Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can't seem to heal through literature is himself; he's still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter, which he has never opened.

    Ivanka says: "Meh"
    "Delightful!"
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    What an entertaining story! Not the usual rehash contrived to follow the herd. I loved the narration and am laughing out loud at the adventure on the water.

    A great way to spend a summer afternoon.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Where They Found Her: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kimberly McCreight
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert, Lauren Fortgang, Rachel F. Hirsch, and others
    Overall
    (3343)
    Performance
    (3044)
    Story
    (3041)

    At the end of a long winter in well-to-do Ridgedale, New Jersey, the body of an infant is discovered in the woods near the town's prestigious university campus. No one knows who the baby is or how her body ended up out there. But there is no shortage of opinions.

    Chad G. says: "Dark, twist filled novel"
    "What a disappointment......"
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    I thought that this story would be interesting but it isn't. The narrator's male voice grinds the text and as the book continues, the emotional dialogue becomes unbearable. I'm giving up about 1/3 way in.

    Maybe the story will develop into an interesting topic, but so far it reads like a TV movie script. Gossipy, juvenile and a waste of time.

    As a comparison to other suspenseful books, it does not even come close.

    1 of 1 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
    (128389)
    Performance
    (113289)
    Story
    (113140)

    Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. 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.

    BookReader says: "The Girl on The Train"
    "Can I please have another????"
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    Gripping and delightful.
    All I could think of was how Alfred Hitchcock would have loved this story.
    So visual and so intriguing.
    So many sub-plots that tie together so well.
    So sad that one person can manipulate and destroy other's lives - even in fiction it is cruel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FREE: Deadlocked 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By A. R. Wise
    • Narrated By Brian Sutherland
    Overall
    (1241)
    Performance
    (1124)
    Story
    (1133)

    David was caught in the middle of the city when the zombie outbreak started. His wife and daughters were at home, stranded on the roof as zombies waited below. He would have to fight through hordes of undead, merciless other survivors, and a series of death defying stunts to get home. However, even if he makes it there, how can he be sure they're safe?

    Amanda H. says: "WOW ZOMBIE CHAOS AND MAYHEM"
    "B O R I N G N A R R A T O R"
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    If you want a snoozer, this narration will fit the bill. Story may be interesting, but trying to stay awake listening is a challenge.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ordinary Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By Rich Orlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5353)
    Performance
    (4887)
    Story
    (4885)

    Award-winning author William Kent Krueger has gained an immense fan base for his Cork O’Connor series. In Ordinary Grace, Krueger looks back to 1961 to tell the story of Frank Drum, a boy on the cusp of manhood. A typical 13-year-old with a strong, loving family, Frank is devastated when a tragedy forces him to face the unthinkable - and to take on a maturity beyond his years.

    tooonce72 says: "Wonderful Wonderful - In Every Way"
    "Heart wrenching story"
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    An incredible insight into a teens memory of a summer that changed lives. Could not put it down.

    On a personal note, the dialogue about loss was very poignant and after 5 years since my child died, it gave me a perspective on my sad event. Perhaps I was ready to hear a different view of loss and death. But it helped.

    Looking forward to another novel by this author.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Robert Kolker
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (489)
    Performance
    (442)
    Story
    (443)

    One late spring evening in 2010, Shannan Gilbert, after running through the oceanfront community of Oak Beach screaming for her life, went missing. No one who had heard of her disappearance thought much about what had happened to the 24-year-old: She was a Craigslist prostitute who had been fleeing a scene. The Suffolk County Police, too, seemed to have paid little attention - until seven months later, when an unexpected discovery in a bramble alongside a nearby highway turned up four bodies, all evenly spaced, all wrapped in burlap. But none of them Shannan's.

    Sam says: "No answers"
    "Boring Narrator!"
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    I really tried to listen to this book, but the narration is very monotone & very hard to listen to.

    Sorry, but add some inflection to your voice & the book may be a keeper.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (21575)
    Performance
    (19646)
    Story
    (19654)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "What a joy to listen to......."
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    Great story, interesting characters. Can this be the start of a series? JK is an incredible writer.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10519)
    Performance
    (9164)
    Story
    (9168)

    Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

    Tim says: "Brilliant Sequel"
    "Forest Gump meets The Winds of War..."
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    So much of this story has been told before in the Herman Wouk book. At every turn of history there is a character present to witness the event.

    The accent of the Buffalo woman is NOT a New York City accent - a very grating rendition.

    I bought 2 of these audiobooks, not going to buy the 3rd one. Sorry, author... but enough is enough.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Stephen L. Carter
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (108)

    Stephen L. Carter’s thrilling new novel takes as its starting point an alternate history: President Abraham Lincoln survives the assassination attempt at Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865. Two years later he is charged with overstepping his constitutional authority, both during and after the Civil War, and faces an impeachment trial.... Twenty-one-year-old Abigail Canner is a young black woman with a degree from Oberlin and a letter of employment from the law firm that has undertaken Lincoln’s defense....

    Doug says: "Worth It For Serious Readers"
    "Political shenanigans of the 20th century rehashed"
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    I was excited to listen to this book, but it remains 1/2 finished. I find the heroine's abilities too much to be believed. Young, naive and inexperienced in the world, but able to deduce how all the sneaky political games are being played and be a key part of the legal team strategy. Really??

    Good premise for a novel, but the female character ruins the storyline.



    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34777)
    Performance
    (32188)
    Story
    (32203)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Don't Get Killed By This Place"
    "Wow! Inventive & Captivating!"
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    I was getting in a slump finding books that were addictive & unable to stop, but this book is incredible. The narration is excellent and the story just blows your mind. It is intriguing and mind-provoking.

    A great cast of characters and a unique storyline. There was a lot of wry humor and it made the characters come alive.

    Well done!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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