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Mildred

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  • 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
    (26695)
    Performance
    (13333)
    Story
    (13378)

    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 great read"
    Overall

    I loved the characters, and the story was well told in an interesting changing voice and point of view format. The deeply-woven fabric of inter-racial relationships ring true.. I grew up in the south in the 50s and 60s and Stockett was right on the mark. These women of every sort will charm you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Independence Day: Frank Bascombe, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Richard Ford
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (40)

    Apparently directionless since his divorce, Frank Bascombe migrates from one non-committal relationship to another. He freely indulges his tendencies to self absorption, over-intellectualization, and neurotic ambivalence. But all of that changes one fateful Fourth of July weekend, when, armed with the Declaration of Independence, he embarks on a mission to save his troubled teenaged son.

    Burton Verner says: "Great Book - Great Narrator"
    "A lot about nothing"
    Overall

    Really wanted to love this book.. and I kept waiting, but it never developed to me. Nicely written, and you really get to know the main character, but I kept thinking, "so what?" I expected more.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Known World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Edward P. Jones
    • Narrated By Kevin Free
    Overall
    (469)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (85)

    Henry Townsend, a black farmer, bootmaker, and former slave, has a fondness for Paradise Lost and an unusual mentor, William Robbins, perhaps the most powerful white man in antebellum Virginia's Manchester County. Under Robbins's tutelage, Henry becomes proprietor of his own plantation, as well as of his own slaves. When he dies, his widow Caldonia succumbs to profound grief, and things begin to fall apart.

    Rachel says: "wonderful and highly recommended"
    "Powerful"
    Overall

    Beautifully written and very touching, this story was captivating to me. Altho some have complained about the complex number of characters and plot jumps - that didn't bother me at all. Just hang on and go with it.. it all made perfect sense to me. Highly recommended. Probably will read this one again sometime.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • New York: The Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Edward Rutherfurd
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    Overall
    (817)
    Performance
    (428)
    Story
    (430)

    New York is the book that millions of Rutherfurd's American fans have been waiting for. A brilliant mix of romance, war, family drama, and personal triumphs, it gloriously captures the search for freedom and prosperity at the heart of our nation's history.

    Chuck says: "Stunning"
    "Spellbinding saga"
    Overall

    I love long reads, history, people, and learning - this book was all of those things. Wonderful complex story woven through historical events. Bramhall is brilliant and captures each character perfectly. I was absorbed completely and missed it when the book was finished. Bravo.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18202)
    Performance
    (8098)
    Story
    (8126)

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    David says: "irritatingly engrossing"
    "A great read"
    Overall

    Larsson's second book was even more thrilling than the first. We're getting to know more about the brilliant Lisbeth. Vance is again wonderful and captures the essence of each character. Highly recommended.. but best to read Dragon Tatoo first.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
    • Narrated By Paul Baymer, Susan Duerden, Roselyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3132)
    Performance
    (1312)
    Story
    (1311)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The best book club you’ve never heard of – but will be eager to join, courtesy of a full cast of true characters. January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb....

    Kent says: "MUCH better than I ever expected! Give it a try!"
    "Great story"
    Overall

    A romantic and touching tale.. good characters I could relate to about a time and place I didn't know much about. Beautifully told in letter format, I enjoyed this book completely.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9087)
    Performance
    (4798)
    Story
    (4870)

    Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

    Joshua says: "Wonderful production!"
    "Excellent presentation"
    Overall

    I read this when it came out decades ago and remembered it was ok, but listening to it now was even better. I'm not a great sci-fi fan, but the story is ripe with adventure and swashbuckling style. Enjoyable. Presented with music and effects.. which made it more interesting for me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fair and Tender Ladies

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Lee Smith
    • Narrated By Kate Forbes
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (89)

    Author of many novels and short stories, best-selling writer Lee Smith has received numerous awards for her works, including two O. Henry Awards. Fair and Tender Ladies is an epistolary novel that traces the life of Ivy Rowe, born in the isolated Virginia mountain community of Sugar Fork.

    Vivian says: "roots"
    "Wonderful sweeping story"
    Overall

    Great characters and an interesting story in this life of this extraordinary woman. Enjoyed the reader.. the accent was charming. My first Lee Smith book.. and I'll look for others. She's got the Southern thang just right.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Middlesex

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    Overall
    (5920)
    Performance
    (2116)
    Story
    (2136)

    In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

    Chris says: "Great Pulitzer Winning novel!"
    "Great story"
    Overall

    This sweeping tale was so very enjoyable.. the characters came to life. Interesting interwoven story lines, funny and touching, with surprising twists. The reader is wonderful and expressive. Really enjoyed this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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