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  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (10981)
    Performance
    (6995)
    Story
    (7027)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Amazing story."
    Overall

    The writing was occasionally trite but the story moved along at a good pace and was fascinating. The author turned some horrific events into an uplifting tale of perseverance. Seemed to be well researched. Reading was excellent.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • An Assembly Such as This: A Novel of Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Pamela Aidan
    • Narrated By George Holmes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (209)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (91)

    As Darcy spends more time at Netherfield supervising Bingley and fending off Miss Bingley's persistent advances, his unwilling attraction to Elizabeth grows, as does his concern about her relationship with his nemesis, George Wickham.

    Douglas says: "The Spirit of Austen Enchanted"
    "Take a classic and make it tedious"
    Overall

    This book was entertaining for the first few hours but it is too drawn out; nothing of consequence happens and it gets tedious. The fact that it takes 3 volumes to tell this story says it all. It's almost insulting to be strung along by the author like this - does she get paid by the word?
    The narrator, although a fine reader, was not a good match for a tall, dark, and handsome protagonist.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Law of Second Chances: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By James Sheehan
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (14)

    Jack Tobin, a Florida trial lawyer, is dedicated to ending capital punishment one prisoner at a time. Jack is convinced that doomed convict Henry Wilson is innocent, but can he delay execution and get Henry a new trial in time?

    Donna says: "Sappy"
    "Sappy"
    Overall

    I struggled to finish this book because the sappy, clich? ridden dialogue became unbearable. I held on hoping a decent story would unfold. As it turned out the story had potential but the poor writing style stripped it of all suspense or drama.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ted Kerasote
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (522)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (184)

    Ted Kerasote met and adopted Merle, a Labrador mix, while he was on a camping trip. Merle had been living in the wild, and after taking the dog home with him to Wyoming, Kerasote soon realized that Merle could not adjust to inhabiting exclusively the human world. So he put a door in his house to let Merle live both outside and in. A deeply touching portrait of a remarkable animal, Merle's Door explores the issues that all animals and their human companions face.

    John says: "The Best Audio Book I've ever listened to"
    "Heartwarming Story"
    Overall

    Anyone who has ever loved and appreciated a real character underneath all that fur will enjoy this book. Having a Golden myself I identified with the author and his special relationship with Merle.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How They Changed America 1789-1989

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Michael Beschloss
    • Narrated By Michael Beschloss
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    Michael Beschloss' dramatic and inspiring saga explores crucial times when courageous president changed the history of the United States. With surprising new sources and a dazzling command of history and human character, Beschloss brings these flawed, complex men and their wives, families, friends, and foes to life as if in a gripping novel. Never have we had a more intimate, behind-the-scenes view of Presidents coping with the supreme dilemmas of their lives.

    Lee Ann Marona says: "Incredibly Relevant to our times!"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    The writing is choppy. The reading uninspired.

    16 of 27 people found this review helpful

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