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Barbara

Jeannette, PA, USA

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  • Testimony: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Anita Shreve
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff, Eve Bianco, Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (75)

    At a New England boarding school, a sex scandal is about to break. Even more shocking than the sexual acts themselves is the fact that they were caught on videotape. A Pandora's box of revelations, the tape triggers a chorus of voices - those of the men, women, teenagers, and parents involved in the scandal - that details the ways in which lives can be derailed or destroyed in one foolish moment.

    Julie Clarke says: "Good Story, Dizzy Narration"
    "Horrifyingly Current !"
    Overall

    This was a book I couldn't stop listening to. The lives of young people changed forever by a single evening. Anita Shreve has again hit upon a topic that impacts the hard realities of current life.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Brothers K

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By David James Duncan
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (162)

    This touching, uplifting novel spans decades of loyalty, anger, regret, and love in the lives of the Chance family. Each person chooses their own way to deal with what the world has become.

    Ken says: "At last!"
    "Slow Mover......"
    Overall

    If you like baseball, this is the novel for you. It moves slowly but at times is very amusing. Much too long.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Hold Tight

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1439)
    Performance
    (615)
    Story
    (608)

    Tia and Mike Baye never imagined they'd become the type of overprotective parents who spy on their kids. But their 16-year-old son, Adam, has been unusually distant lately, and after the suicide of his classmate, Spencer Hill they can't help but worry. They install a sophisticated spy program on Adam's computer, and within days they are jolted by a message from an unknown correspondent addressed to their son: "Just stay quiet and all safe."

    Meanwhile, Betsy Hill is struck by a photo that appears to have been taken on the night of her son's death...and he wasn't alone.

    Ed says: "Will hold your interest till the end"
    "Excellent - Exciting"
    Overall

    Harlan Coben at his best!!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Love Over Scotland: A 44 Scotland Street Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Robert Ian MacKenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (305)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (125)

    Internationally best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith, creator of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency novels, offers the third installment from his popular Scotland Street series. The endearing denizens of 44 Scotland Street soldier on, both domestically and across the globe, in this entertaining mosaic that is filled with the author's trademark wit and charm.

    Lois says: "The Best 44 Scotland St. Book Yet"
    "Entertaining!"
    Overall

    Alexander McCall Smith's books are wonderful. Easy listening and the continuing story of the grand folks of Scotland Street is unceasingly amusing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gemma

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Meg Tilly
    • Narrated By Meg Tilly
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (56)

    Gemma is the story of a child abduction written from two widely divergent points of view: 12 year-old Gemma and Hazen Wook, the 36-year-old man who abducts her. Hazen is a violent pedophile, a sexual obsessive, and Tilly does not white-wash or sanitize his thoughts in any way. This book is scary and not for the faint of heart.

    kristabela says: "wow"
    "Horrifying"
    Overall

    Truly this book was not for the squeamish or faint of heart. The graphic details made me wince. I think Meg Tilly wrote this book with performing it in mind because to read it would not have produced the same results. The only criticism I have of the story is that in country today - especially in California - there is no 12 year old girl who would think that being seduced, raped and kidnapped would be cause for her to go to prison. Our children are much more educated and savvy. There were ample opportunities for her to flea this man and she did not. Meg Tilly was and is a wonderful actor and I hope she continues writing but hones her subject material into something with less shock factor and more substance.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Loving Frank

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Nancy Horan
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (702)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (287)

    I have been standing on the side of life, watching it float by. I want to swim in the river. I want to feel the current. So writes Mamah Borthwick Cheney in her diary as she struggles to justify her clandestine love affair with Frank Lloyd Wright. Four years earlier, in 1903, Mamah and her husband, Edwin, had commissioned the renowned architect to design a new home for them.

    Eva Gannon says: "Fascinating"
    "Fascinating !"
    Overall

    Loving Frank ranks high on my all-time favorite audiobooks. Easy to follow, a fictionalized true story which begs further investigation into the life of this complicated man.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Change of Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Nicole Poole, Stafford Clark-Price, Jim Frangione, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1175)
    Performance
    (398)
    Story
    (395)

    Known for tackling hot-button issues in her timely fiction, Jodi Picoult has sold millions of books. Change of Heart explores capital punishment and organized religion through the tale of death row inmate Shay Bourne. Bourne's last request is to donate his heart to his victim's ailing sister. The situation gets more complicated when Bourne begins performing miracles in full view of witnesses - including his Catholic spiritual advisor.

    Sue says: "Amazing"
    "Fantastic - Thought-Provoking"
    Overall

    A fantastic story with so many undertones. Excellent subject matter. Jodi Picoult is one of our modern day best.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Miracle at Speedy Motors: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (644)
    Performance
    (300)
    Story
    (294)

    Mma Ramotswe is busy investigating her latest case: a woman who is looking for her family. The problem is, the woman doesn't know her real name of whether any members of her family are now living. Meanwhile, Phuti Radiphuti has bought Mma Makutsi a glorious new bed. Unfortunately, it will inadvertently cause her several sleepless nights.

    glamazon says: "Not one word too long"
    "Entertaining !!"
    Overall

    Alexander McCall Smith's books are all wonderful.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Being Elizabeth

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Barbara Taylor Bradford
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    From the storytelling magic of Barbara Taylor Bradford comes a modern retelling of the drama and intrigue surrounding the 16th century Queen Elizabeth. Instead of England, the throne is the business empire of the Deravenels. And this Elizabeth is the most powerful Managing Director in its history. Surrounded by rumors and betrayal, Elizabeth Deravenel must steer her company clear of takeovers.

    Amazon Customer says: "Not much "substance""
    "Drivel"
    Overall

    Boring and slow. Barbara Taylor Bradford can do so much better than this!!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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