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  • Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Margaret George
    • Narrated By Donada Peters

    An exhaustively researched novel weaves both historical fact and plausible fiction in bringing the story of Mary Queen of Scots to life.

    Robin says: "Well written, well read"
    "Too Much Information"

    Exhaustive is the key word here. This is my first Margaret George book and I mostly enjoyed it but I could have done with a little less detail as I started to lose interest in places. But, will try another of hers in the future.

    22 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty fa├žade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "Boring....A Book About Nothing"

    Ok, I quit. I got about a quarter of the way in before I couldn't stand the boredom anymore. The person who performed the book is just fine. Too bad he didn't have a better story to work with. In my opinion it's a book about nothing. Too many characters makes it confusing, too much minutia (the nothing)and the story advances too slow for my taste. I actually spent money on this.Disappointing.

    10 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Russell says: "Glad I Listened to 11-22-63 First"
    "Enjoyed the book but...."

    it's not as good as "The Stand" in my opinion. Too long though it did hold my attention enough to get to the end - thanks to Raul Esparza. What I didn't like about this book: Republican/Conservative = bad, Democrat/Progressive = good, CNN = good, Fox = bad, Christians = bad/fat/crazy people, U.S. Military = bad people who torture (and don't forget about global warming and nukes).I don't like that broad brush Mr. King paints certain groups with. It's been a long time since I read a Stephen King book. It will be a long time before I read another one.

    13 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By David Wroblewski
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents and an unusual breed of dogs on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. But when tragedy strikes the Sawtelle family, Edgar flees to the surrounding wilderness. He comes of age in the wild, fighting for his survival and that of the three yearling dogs who follow him.

    Ella says: "Just OK"
    "Something is rotten in the state of Wisconsin"

    I read such stellar reviews about this book in a book magazine that I just had to listen to what they considered almost a classic. I was sorely disappointed. Since it was supposed to be based on Hamlet I knew this story would not turn out well and the one thing I surely didn't expect from such a critically acclaimed book was for it to be so boring. The only part that truly moved me was the chapter from Almondine's perspective near the end of the book hence the two stars instead of one. I made it to the end but it was a struggle.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Patron Saint of Liars

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson

    St. Elizabeth's is a home for unwed mothers in the 1960s. Life there is not unpleasant, and for most, it is temporary. Not so for Rose, a beautiful, mysterious woman who comes to the home pregnant but not unwed. She plans to give up her baby because she knows she cannot be the mother it needs.

    But St. Elizabeth's is near a healing spring, and when Rose's time draws near, she cannot go through with her plans, not all of them.

    Deborah says: "Incomplete"

    I liked this book but yet was disappointed. Reading other reviews one in particular stuck in my mind and I agree with it. I don't like people like Rose in real life and I didn't like this character. I couldn't understand how she could do those things to the most important people in her life. And, I couldn't understand how the people around Rose could love a person like her so much when she offered so little emotionally to them. I may have missed the point (am not sure if I got it or not) but they were all liars in one way or another so I guess they could overlook this. I was waiting for some kind of revelation to Cecelia at the end of the book and was disappointed when her father just kind of left. I felt I was left hanging by the "sign from God" explanation - I just didn't get it.

    24 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned 30, she went through an early-onslaught midlife crisis. She went through a divorce, a crushing depression, another failed love, and the eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be. To recover from all this, Gilbert took a radical step. She got rid of her belongings, quit her job, and undertook a yearlong journey around the world, all alone. This is the absorbing chronicle of that year.

    Kerry says: "Witty and Wonderful"
    "A Disappointment"

    The only words that come to mind when I think about this book (at least so far) is self absorbed. I'm just at the end of Italy and so far it's been one big groan. Maybe it's because I don't identify with the author as I am not divorced, childless or depressed. Though I have not lived in Italy, I have visited there and didn't quite see it the same way as the author. I'm trying to decide if I can finish this book. At this point the not finishing it is winning.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Blood of Flowers

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Anita Amirrezvani
    • Narrated By Shohreh Aghdashloo

    In 17th-century Persia, a 14-year-old woman believes she will be married within the year. When her beloved father dies, she and her mother find themselves alone and without a dowry. With nowhere else to go, they are forced to sell the brilliant turquoise rug the young woman has woven to pay for their journey to Isfahan, where they will work as servants for her uncle, a rich rug designer in the court of the legendary Shah Abbas the Great.

    Shaddi says: "I loved this book!"
    "Lovely Story"

    Quite enjoyed this book except, unlike some of the other reviewers, I did not like the voice or the accent of the person that read it. I found it hard to understand her at times and her voice was not easy on the ears. I almost gave up on this book because of it. I'm glad I didn't.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Whitethorn Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By various
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When a new highway threatens to bypass the town of Rossmore and cut through Whitethorn Woods, everyone has a passionate opinion about whether the town will benefit or suffer. But young Father Flynn is most concerned with the fate of St. Ann's Well, which is set at the edge of the woods and slated for destruction. People have been coming to St. Ann's for generations to share their dreams and fears, and speak their prayers.

    Claire says: "Not up to par for Binchy"
    "Not a Favorite"

    I have read two other books by this author and liked both. I wish I could say the same about this one. It was somewhat interesting which was why I gave it 3 stars but I have to say that most of the time I didn't care much about these people. I would have rather had more main story and less individual character development/personal stories. The only reason I stuck this one out to the end was because I had paid for it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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