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Compute

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  • Save Me

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Lisa Scottoline
    • Narrated By Cynthia Nixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (314)
    Performance
    (140)
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    (146)

    From the best-selling author of Think Twice and Look Again comes an emotionally powerful novel about a split-second choice, agonizing consequences, and the need for justice. Rose McKenna volunteers as a lunch mom in her daughter Melly’s school in order to keep an eye on Amanda, a mean girl who’s been bullying her daughter. In the aftermath of a massive explosion, Rose finds herself faced with the horrifying decision of whether or not to rescue Melly or usher Amanda to safety.

    C. Byrnes says: "The Protagonist Was Shallow and Unbelievable"
    "Awesome Thought Provoking. Emotional Read"
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    This was a very powerful read. The content makes every mother, grandmother or sister stop and think what they would do if faced with the same choice. It is a very emotional and thought provoking book and grabs the reader’s attention at the very beginning and keeps it until the end. Lisa Scottoline hits it out of the park with this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daughter of the King

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Carlene Havel, Sharon Faucheux
    • Narrated By Becky Boyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
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    (3)

    A heartwarming story about the resilience of true love, inspired by a biblical account of greatness, courage, and foretold prophecy... Princess Michal was the youngest daughter of Saul, the first king of Israel. In an age when fathers arranged marriages, Michal dared to fall in love with a handsome young musician named David, from the little town of Bethlehem. As recounted in the Bible, Michal helped David escape from her insanely jealous father.

    B. D. Marois says: "Accurate but poorly recorded."
    "Entertaining and Thought Provoking"
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    What a great read. This book told of the love between David and Michal and their life, from the time they were children. The book was told from Michal's point of view. It told of the many hardships they both had to face, how it affected their marriage and the dynamics of their lives along with David's other wives and concubines. No, this book is not full of biblical facts, but rather it helps us to wonder what life was like, how their lives affect us today and more importantly, how thankful we should be that we live in today's world. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. For a good, entertaining read that will leave you thinking, this is the one for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Museum of Extraordinary Things: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Alice Hoffman
    • Narrated By Judith Light, Grace Gummer, Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (462)
    Performance
    (404)
    Story
    (407)

    Coney Island: Coralie Sardie is the daughter of the impresario behind The Museum of Extraordinary Things, a boardwalk freak show that amazes and stimulates the crowds. An exceptional swimmer, Coralie appears as the Mermaid in her father's "museum", alongside performers like the Wolfman, the Butterfly Girl, and a 100-year-old turtle. One night Coralie stumbles upon a striking young man photographing moonlit trees in the woods off the Hudson River.

    L. Calder says: "Captivating historical fiction+Hoffman interview!"
    "Unique"
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    What an unusual book. Alice Hoffman has a unique writing style. I read the Dovekeepers and this book and at the conclusion felt the same way. Good book but very unusual. This book wasn’t as good as the Dovekeepers, but it was unique and good in its own way. The characters were unusual and the plot was bazaar with twists and turns every step of the way. It was one of those books that I just kept reading, yet didn’t feel a sense of satisfaction when it was completed. Maybe that was because of the sadness and pain of the majority of the characters. Definitely different, but worth the read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ice Diamond Cuff: Custodian Novel #4

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Alison Pensy
    • Narrated By Martha Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
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    (6)

    Across the land, wedding bells ring out joyously. But, when a wedding gift is discovered to possess a dark and sinister secret, the damage has already been done. As the dust settles, Faedra is thrust into a different role. One she is not ready for. The only hope she has of defeating the deadly force threatening her new home, is to pull her allies together. She can only pray it will be enough to save the kingdom she has fallen in love with.

    Compute says: "Entertaining!"
    "Entertaining!"
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    This book was a good conclusion to the series. Alison Pensy definitely wrote an entertaining series that will keep most readers entertained. Having bought the audible and Kindle books and used Whispersync, I found the narrator hard to listen to, but by the end of the series she had gotten better. Each book in the seriesgot better and better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cypher Wheel: Custodian Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Alison Pensy
    • Narrated By Martha Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
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    (8)
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    (8)

    Faen was worried about his charge. Faedra had locked herself away in the cottage on a self-imposed quarantine, for six months. She was having trouble controlling her newly acquired powers, and was terrified of hurting someone. But, enough was enough. When Etyran obtained some tickets for a treasure hunt, her father and friends persuaded her that it was time to get out of the house and back into the real world. It was only a treasure hunt, what could possibly go wrong?

    Compute says: "Series just gets better"
    "Series just gets better"
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    The series seems to get a little better with each book. This one was definitely better than the first and second books. The twists and turns of the story kept the reader's attention and made me look forward to what was happening next in the book. This book is age appropriate for any age group yet still has a good story line. Kudos to Ms. Pensy for a great read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Emerald Staff: A Faedra Bennett Custodian Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Alison Pensy
    • Narrated By Martha Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Faedra was enjoying the fact that everything was back to normal, well, as normal as it could get when you had the ability to manipulate energy, were protector of an ancient Fae amulet, and lived with a fairy guardian 24/7. Her dad had even started dating. Yes, all was right again in Faedra's world, or so she thought....

    Compute says: "This book was much more enjoyable than the first b"
    "This book was much more enjoyable than the first b"
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    This book was much more enjoyable than the first book. I finally got used to the narrator (not the best in the world) and was able to concentrate on the book. Entertaining, unusual and a quick read. Average fantasy read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Amulet: A Faedra Bennett Custodian Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Alison Pensy
    • Narrated By Martha Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    To Faedra, faeries were nothing more than the figurines she collected and displayed in her curio cabinet. She was in for a surprise. Faedra had no idea that faeries controlled nature, and with a book no less. Nor did she know that her ancestors had protected an ancient fae amulet for thousands of years. An amulet that, if ever was reunited with the book, would give the wearer power to control the weather, too.

    Eva says: "Adorable Modern Fairy Story!"
    "Just ok"
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    I have to say that this book was a little different from your normal female heroine book. It was an interesting read; however, I had the audible book as well and went back and forth between the two which I always enjoy doing. The narrator in the audible book took a lot for me to get used to. At first it was like running your nails down a chalkboard ... really made it hard to listen to the book. So be careful if you get the audible book. On the other hand, the book was entertaining just not a really good book. Just ok.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Field of Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Tessa Afshar
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (58)

    Without wealth or family, the widow Ruth left her people and followed Naomi, her beloved Hebrew mother-in-law, to rebuild Naomi’s home in Israel. Provisions gone and starvation at the door, Ruth used all that she had left - a strong back and a willing heart - to gather grain in a field, abandoned after the harvest. Tormented by others, Ruth is shocked to find the owner of the field watching her.

    Donna D Sabsook says: "Another great story"
    "Absolutely Wonderful!"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. This was my first time reading Tessa Afshar but it definitely won't be my last., The way that she was able to bring historical and Biblical facts to the book made it intriguing, interesting and a really sweet story. Knowing the story of Ruth and Boaz, I am very impressed with Ms. Afshar's ability to keep the reader's interest and still stay true to the Bible. Loved it. It is absolutely worth the read. Definitely recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wise Man's Fear: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13681)
    Performance
    (11652)
    Story
    (11738)

    "My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep...."

    Joe says: "Excellent, Imaginative, Beautiful, Page Turning!!!"
    "Better than the first, still not great"
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    This book was better than the first book although it was soooo unrealistic. For pure fantasy, it was ok. I found myself listening to it throughout my day. There were large portions that seemed to drag and others that just didn't fit in, and then interesting in other parts. I think that it was much too long for the story. On a scale of 1 to 10, I can only give the books a 5 ... nothing exceptional and not something that I would highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16360)
    Performance
    (13670)
    Story
    (13797)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "Unique Read"
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    What an unusual book. Normally a book isn’t written from the first person, but this one was and that made it unique. In addition, the story-line is interesting, just not dynamic nor does the reader find themselves on the edge of their chair wanting to find out what comes next. But at the same time it is a good book, interesting and worth the read.

    0 of 0 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
    (25040)
    Performance
    (20809)
    Story
    (20795)

    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.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    "Not my cup of tea"
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    When the book started out I was really disappointed in the lead female character. Although I thoroughly disliked her throughout most of the book, I began to have empathy for her and to understand the things she was going through. The characters seemed to be weak and simply allowed life to happen. The book did have a major twist at the end that made it somewhat interesting, but I really couldn't recommend the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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