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Compute

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  • The Tombs: A Fargo Adventure, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (816)
    Performance
    (698)
    Story
    (711)

    Husband-and-wife team Sam and Remi Fargo are intrigued when an archaeologist friend requests their help excavating a top secret historical site. What they find will set them on a hunt for a prize greater than they could ever imagine. The clues point to the hidden tomb of Attila the Hun, the High King who was reportedly buried with a vast fortune of gold and jewels and plunder....a bounty that has never been found. As they follow the trail, the Fargos will find themselves pitted against a thieving group of treasure hunters.

    Compute says: "Great Entertaining Read"
    "Great Entertaining Read"
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    Clive Cussler does it again. From the first page of the book, the reader’s attention is grabbed and kept throughout the book. Although unbelievable, Clive Cussler entertains the reader with an action packed adventure of Sam and Remi Fargo, taking them from one continent to another as they try to find the treasures of Attila the Hun. I found this book to be an entertaining read that kept my attention throughout all 384 pages. I would definitely recommend it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Crown Tower: The Riyria Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2444)
    Performance
    (2276)
    Story
    (2283)

    Michael J. Sullivan garnered critical raves and a massive readership for his Riyria Revelations series. The first book in his highly anticipated Riyria Chronicles series of prequels, The Crown Tower brings together warrior Hadrian Blackwater with thieving assassin Royce Melborn. The two form a less-than-friendly pairing, but the quest before them has a rare prize indeed, and if they can breach the supposedly impregnable walls of the Crown Tower, their names will be legend.

    Tango says: "Delicious Icing on a Terrific Cake"
    "Delightfully Good Read!"
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    I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I am probably one of the few that is reading the series in chronological order. I thought The Crown Towers was well written and the characters fully developed and delightful. It was a little slow getting to the relationship between Royce and Hadrian, but was well worth the wait. I also enjoyed reading about Gwen and the girls. Together the two story lines make for a great read, entwining near the end. I have already started the Rose and the Thorn and think it’s going to be as enjoyable as the first book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Lavender Ribbon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Heather Burch
    • Narrated By Emily Sutton-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    Can a stack of long-hidden love letters from a WWII war hero inspire a heartbroken woman to love again?Reeling from a bitter divorce, Adrienne Carter abandons Chicago and retreats to the sun, sand, and beauty of Southern Florida, throwing herself into the restoration of a dilapidated old Victorian beach house. Early into the renovations, she discovers a tin box hidden away in the attic that reveals the emotional letters from a WWII paratrooper to a young woman who lived in the house more than a half-century earlier.

    sharon says: "Beautiful Old Fashioned Romance"
    "Great, sweet read"
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    What a sweet story. This book was able to keep my attention with the story line while at the same time keeping me intrigued. Since I have family that fought in wars past, the historical part of the book was really sentimental and parts made me want to cry. Heroes aren’t just big names, they are people we meet in our everyday lives, and Heather Burch brought that back to our attention. I definitely give this book two thumbs up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Home for Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Deborah Grace Staley
    • Narrated By Julie Williams
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    Overall
    (28)
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    (20)
    Story
    (22)

    Dr. Janice Thornton has been lonely for too long, especially at Christmas. But Angel Ridge, Tennessee, the one place that holds the key to what family should be, is offering her a chance at a new life. Could she find happiness by taking over her uncle's small-town practice? Local contractor and carpenter Blake Ferguson comes from a big family. He'd like to fill his rambling old Victorian with one of his own. But there's one problem. He needs a wife! When Janice shows up at his house, Blake sets a course to win her, but soon finds she's built a wall around her heart.

    Linda O'brian says: "Christmas in July!"
    "Sweet Read"
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    This book was a good, light-hearted read. The story is heartwarming and will leave the reader smiling at the end of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6865)
    Performance
    (4835)
    Story
    (4824)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Wonderful and Thought Provoking at the Same Time"
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    What a phenomenal read. This is one of those books that was so good, but so hard to read at the same time. The author brings her characters to life and makes you see and live what they are living. This is one of those books that causes us look deep within ourselves to make sure that we’re honest and true in our emotions and feelings. If we look back in time, we have to be careful in how we judge these characters … it was just the way it was at that time. This is Ms. Grissom’s first book and it will be hard for her to exceed the standard she has set for herself, but I can’t wait to read her next book. Great work!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1105 Yakima Street

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Debbie Macomber
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
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    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (169)
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    Dear Reader,You’ve probably heard that my wife has left me. Rachel’s pregnant, and she says she can’t handle the stress in our household anymore. My 13-year-old daughter, Jolene, is jealous of her. Maybe it’s my fault. As a widower I spoiled her - Jolene was reading over my shoulder just now and says that’s not true. She claims Rachel ruined everything. But that’s not true. The real question is: How can I get my wife back? I don’t even know where she is. She’s not with Teri Polgar or any of her other friends from the salon.

    Debby says: "Plenty of Saccharine and neurotic characters"
    "What a Sweet Read"
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    Sweet story. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Debbie Macomber always gives us a good read and this book was right on the mark. Good job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (8215)
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    (6376)
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    (6402)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Shannon says: "Word Thief"
    "Not for me"
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    I know that most people really liked this book, but I just could not get into it. I read over half the book and finally had to put it down. It just didn’t do it for me. The story seemed to drag out entirely too much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Ship: NUMA Files, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Graham Brown
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (327)
    Performance
    (289)
    Story
    (286)

    When Kurt Austin is injured attempting to rescue the passengers and crew from a sinking yacht, he wakes with fragmented and conflicted memories. Did he see an old friend and her children drown? Or was the yacht abandoned when he came aboard? For reasons he cannot explain, Kurt doesn't trust either version of his recollection.

    A says: "GHOSTLY OUTSTANDING"
    "Thoroughly Enjoyed It!"
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    The Ghost Ship by Clive Cussler is another in his Numa series that takes the reader worldwide in solving the mystery of missing Numa personnel, ancient artifacts, espionage and even more. Always a good read, Cussler starts the book running and doesn’t stop until the end. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beekeeper's Ball: Bella Vista Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Susan Wiggs
    • Narrated By Christina Traister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    Isabel Johansen, a celebrated chef who grew up in the sleepy Sonoma town of Archangel, is transforming her childhood home into a destination cooking school - a unique place for other dreamers to come and learn the culinary arts. Bella Vista's rambling mission-style hacienda, with its working apple orchards, bountiful gardens and beehives, is the idyllic venue for Isabel's project… and the perfect place for her to forget the past.

    Compute says: "What a Sweet Read"
    "What a Sweet Read"
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    What a sweet read. I always like Susan Wiggs’ book and this one was no exception. It was a sequel to the Apple Orchard and was actually better than the first book. Susan Wiggs’ books are always good for a light, quick, enjoyable summer read. There were times, especially when recipes were given, that I wish that I had a Kindle or written book to get the recipe because they sounded wonderful. All-in-all two thumbs up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pearl That Broke Its Shell

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Nadia Hashimi
    • Narrated By Gin Hammond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (12)
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    Nadia Hashimi's literary debut is a searing tale of powerlessness, fate, and the freedom to control one's own fate that combines the cultural flavor and emotional resonance of the works of Khaled Hosseini, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Lisa See. In Kabul, 2007, Rahima and her sisters can only sporadically attend school and can rarely leave the house. Their only hope lies in the ancient custom of bacha posh, which allows young Rahima to dress and be treated as a boy until she is of marriageable age.

    Compute says: "Powerful, compelling"
    "Powerful, compelling"
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    Powerful, compelling. What a good read. It always grieves me to see how people in other countries are treated and this book as no exception. What these women go through is absolutely horrifying. I have read several books of this type and have to say that I think the author did a great job with this book. She gave a unique perspective by having one of the girls be a bacha posh and then showing her life after that time as well as the lives of others in Afghan. So thankful that I live in the USA and we don’t have to face things like this today.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sweet Tea at Sunrise: Sweet Magnolias Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Sherryl Woods
    • Narrated By Mary Robinette Kowal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (45)

    Emotionally wounded single mom Sarah Price has come home to Serenity, South Carolina, for a fresh start. With support from her two best friends – the newest generation of Sweet Magnolias – she can face any crisis. But sometimes a woman needs more than even treasured friends can provide. Sexy Travis McDonald may be exactly what Sarah’s battered self-confidence requires.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great Author - AWFUL Narrator"
    "Sweet Read"
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    Sweet read. I always enjoy Sherryl Woods' books and this one was no exception. Their setting in the South makes them delightful and fun. I’m enjoying this series. I will say that I did not care as much for this narrator as the previous ones. Being from the South, I did not enjoy the fake Southern accent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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