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Margaux

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  • Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Susannah Cahalan
    • Narrated By Heather Henderson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (689)
    Performance
    (617)
    Story
    (621)

    In 2009, Susannah Cahalan woke up in a strange hospital room strapped to a bed, under guard, and unable to move or speak. Her medical records - from a month-long hospital stay of which she had no memory - reported psychosis, violence, and dangerous instability. Yet, only weeks earlier she had been a healthy, ambitious twenty-four-year-old, six months into her first serious relationship and a sparkling career as a cub reporter

    Brian Quaranta says: "For those interested in neurology & psychology"
    "Good bio!"
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    I enjoyed this book. It's a good bio. The one bad comment I would write was about the narrator. It was narrated well, but they should have had it narrated by someone a little younger. It was written as a older women telling her story at the age of 24. I kept thinking the story was about a 30 some old women because the narrator was older.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11577)
    Performance
    (10438)
    Story
    (10502)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Darker version of Hunger Games."
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    I enjoyed this book. The writer really paints a picture of this different world they live in. Very interesting idea about dividing people from their personalities. Good fun book! A little dark at times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jennifer Worth
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (529)
    Performance
    (472)
    Story
    (480)

    At the age of 22, Jennifer Worth left her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in postwar London’s East End slums. The colorful characters she met while delivering babies all over London - from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lived to the woman with 24 children who couldn't speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city’s seedier side - illuminate a fascinating time in history.

    Kathy says: "This is one I didn't want to put down!"
    "I would listen to this book again!"
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    This book is mostly written about different people and stories she encounters, not much about her own personal story. I love midwife books and enjoyed this one greatly. She had a very british accent and at times a few words to understand, but I love the narrator otherwise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Little Night Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Lucy March
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (960)
    Performance
    (881)
    Story
    (873)

    Olivia Kiskey needs a change. She’s been working at the same Nodaway Falls, New York, waffle house since she was a teenager; not a lot of upward mobility there. She’s been in love with Tobias, the cook, for the last four years; he's never made a move. Intent on shaking things up, Olivia puts her house on the market, buys a one-way ticket to Europe, and announces her plans to her friends - but then she meets Davina Granville, a strange and mystical Southern woman....

    Elizabeth says: "Not quite Molly Harper, but not bad.."
    "Strage Chic Lit, loved narrator!!"
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    Very strange chic lit. I usually love books with magic in them, but this was quite far of a reach. Was a quick listen and was bad, but not great either. Character can't really make up her mind and is annoyingly trusting at some points, while at others does not trust anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What My Best Friend Did

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Lucy Dawson
    • Narrated By Finty Williams
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    When Alice meets Gretchen for the first time, it feels a bit like falling in love. Life's got a bit boringly grown-up of late: weekends at weddings and baby-showers, celebrating friends' transitions to a life she isn't quite up for yet, and, at home, a sweet-and-stable boyfriend she suspects she's outgrown.

    Margaux says: "Not your average Chic Lit! Loved the narrator!!"
    "Not your average Chic Lit! Loved the narrator!!"
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    I did enjoy this book, not a normal Chic Lit book. Very easy listen! The book ends with no real resolution so if you enjoy books where it's a happily ever after, I would not take this book into consideration. I love how the book went back and fourth between two time periods and then meeting up in the end. This book seemed to go fast in time. Although the book really happened over a year it seemed the connections these people made with one another seemed a little unrealistic. I absolutely loved the narrator, but at some points I could here like a whistling noise like an intake of breath and sometimes you could hear her gulping. Other than those two negatives, I would love to listen to a book this narrator did!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love the One You're With

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Emily Giffin
    • Narrated By Kathleen McInerney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (397)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (145)

    Ellen's relationship to Andy doesn't just seem perfect on the surface; it really is perfect. She loves his family, and everything about him, including that he brings out the best in her. That is, until Ellen unexpectedly runs into Leo. The one who got away. The one who brought out the worst in her. The one she can't forget.

    Susan says: "Love The One Your With"
    "Narrator great!! Book OK."
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    The book was a good listen. Narrator was great! Only complaint was the main character was kind of up and down where as I like more of a gradual or moment changing realization. Sometimes I would be listening and I would think didn't she just say the complete opposite two minutes ago. Where is this coming from? Overall good easy listen!

    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
    (6420)
    Performance
    (4430)
    Story
    (4418)

    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"
    "One of my favorite books!"
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    What did you love best about The Kitchen House?

    Truly one of my favorite books. Not a love story, but a great story. I would compare this book to One Thousand White Women. Although I loved this book, sometimes it was upsetting to deal with the main characters ignorance.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Safe Haven

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1985)
    Performance
    (1115)
    Story
    (1127)

    When Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community..

    Ruth Adamson says: "Not Nicholas Sparks best, but ok"
    "Not normal chic lit!"
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    What did you love best about Safe Haven?

    I'm not a big chic lit lover, but I absolutely enjoyed safe heaven. It had some thrill as well as a love story. It had a very interesting twist at the end! Highly recommend!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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