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  • All You Could Ask For: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Mike Greenberg
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (65)

    Happily married Brooke discovers her loving husband has led a separate life with…another wife. Newlywed Samantha learns of her husband's cheating heart when she finds the goods on his computer. High-powered career woman Katherine works with heartbreaker Phillip, the man who hurt her early on in her career. Brooke, Samantha, and Katherine don't know one another, but their stories are about to intertwine in ways no one could have imagined. And all three are about to discover the power of friendship to conquer adversity.

    parsnip says: "Annoyed by Hidden Theme"
    "AKA How Wealthy Women Cope with Crisis"
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    I was not bored with the book and read it quickly but it needed more exploration of the emotions brought on by a cancer diagnosis. With the exception of Katherine, I found the characters one dimensional. There is nothing inherently wrong about writing a story that does not directly involve a plot line about wealth yet the main characters are wealthy, however, I found the story and characters somewhat difficult to connect with because of their wealth and privileged backgrounds. Finally, the story line about Brooke taking the nude photographs was just silly, unrealistic and unnecessary. I am probably being too harsh but I just finished reading Fates and Furies and that is a tough act to follow. The novel inspired one of my friends in my book club to stop putting off her mammogram. For that reason, I will recommend the book to friends and family.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (1676)
    Performance
    (940)
    Story
    (947)

    John Grisham's first work of nonfiction, an exploration of small town justice gone terribly awry, is his most extraordinary legal thriller yet.

    Mark says: "Good Book - Not Typical Grisham"
    "The detail makes the story"
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    Grisham writes a detailed true story of wrongful convictions in Ada that I could not put down. His narration is very good too. He should narrate his Ford County books. I loved the story and the writing. Strongly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Amor Towles
    • Narrated By Nicholas Guy Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15644)
    Performance
    (14506)
    Story
    (14466)

    A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors.

    Jon K. Rust says: "Brilliant, heartfelt, inspiring"
    "Beautifully written"
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    Above and beyond most literary fiction. Characters I will remember for a lifetime. Best book I have read this year.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Brethren

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (967)
    Performance
    (439)
    Story
    (435)

    In a minimum security federal prison known as Trumble, three former judges who call themselves the Brethren are quietly writing letters to unsuspecting victims of a monumental mail scam. Much to their delight, the money is pouring in. But now they've ensnared the wrong man and the Brethren's days of marking time are over.

    M.W. says: "My Favorite Grisham to Date"
    "20 year novel was still fresh and relevant"
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    I decided to read this novel because I had read a review that it was one of Grisham’s best. I agree in terms of schemes set into play. Also the setting and story of the book was peculiarly germane to today’s current events. I enjoyed it and recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stolen Girls: Detective Lottie Parker, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Patricia Gibney
    • Narrated By Michele Moran
    Overall
    (623)
    Performance
    (559)
    Story
    (558)

    The young woman standing on Lottie's step was a stranger. She was clutching the hand of a young boy. "Help me," she said to Lottie. "Please help me." One Monday morning, the body of a young pregnant woman is found. The same day, a mother and her son visit the house of Detective Lottie Parker, begging for help to find a lost friend.

    Bexdvm says: "Another chilling novel"
    "Counting the days to the next Lottie Parker Release"
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    I enjoyed this story more than the first Lottie Parker book. The first mystery was un-mysterious. I would like to see more growth and change in Lottie Parker for the subsequent books. A good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Mark Sullivan
    • Narrated By Will Damron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14146)
    Performance
    (12827)
    Story
    (12784)

    Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He's a normal Italian teenager - obsessed with music, food, and girls - but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino's parents force him to enlist as a German soldier - a move they think will keep him out of combat.

    Charles Atkinson says: "The Best Thing? It Really Happened!"
    "Well told true story - Comparable to Unbrokeb"
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    I often find there are lulls in true stories but this one always had some new development around the corner. I would like to read more about the author's research. Well written book about an astonishing story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Missing Ones: Detective Lottie Parker, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Patricia Gibney
    • Narrated By Michele Moran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2342)
    Performance
    (2039)
    Story
    (2046)

    When a woman's body is discovered in a cathedral and hours later a young man is found hanging from a tree outside his home, Detective Lottie Parker is called in to lead the investigation. Both bodies have the same distinctive tattoo clumsily inscribed on their legs. It's clear the pair are connected, but how? The trail leads Lottie to St Angela's, a former children's home, with a dark connection to her own family history. Suddenly the case just got personal.

    Lia says: "Too Long and Too Dark"
    "Looking forward to book 2"
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    I cannot wait to see what Detective Inspector Lottie Parker is investigating next. I think the characters are good. The mystery is well written and unfolds nicely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Today Will Be Different

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Maria Semple
    • Narrated By Kathleen Wilhoite
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1097)
    Performance
    (1020)
    Story
    (1018)

    Eleanor knows she's a mess. But today she will tackle the little things. She will shower and get dressed. She will have her poetry and yoga lessons after dropping off her son, Timby. She won't swear. She will initiate sex with her husband, Joe. But before she can put her modest plan into action - life happens. Today, it turns out, is the day Timby has decided to fake sick to weasel his way into his mother's company. It's also the day Joe has chosen to tell his office - but not Eleanor - that he's on vacation.

    Happy Mama says: "Weird, but fascinating."
    "Wry and Aggravating Main Character magically brought to life"
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    The anti-hero is a witty narcissist that you just want to slap some perspective into. I only developed sympathy for her in regard to how her sister treated her. I liked the book because I related to so many of her opinions on life. The novel was a mirror. A few minor plot points: why would a doctor and doctor's wife wait until 40 to start trying for the first time to get pregnant? They were married a long time, she had retired from a successful career, he had an established career, and doctors know the literature on conception. That needed explanation. Also he was a world renowned surgeon but complained about helping out the sister and nephew from a serious, life endangering problem? That did not float either. Only 4 out of 5 for performance because the child's voice was too young and dumb for a smart 3rd grader. Now I sound like Eleanor Flood.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Before: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By J. P. Delaney
    • Narrated By Emilia Fox, Finty Williams, Lise Aagaard Knudsen
    Overall
    (4372)
    Performance
    (4052)
    Story
    (4031)

    Reeling from a traumatic break-in, Emma wants a new place to live. But none of the apartments she sees are affordable or feel safe. Until One Folgate Street. The house is an architectural masterpiece: a minimalist design of pale stone, plate glass, and soaring ceilings. But there are rules. The enigmatic architect who designed the house retains full control: no books, no throw pillows, no photos or clutter or personal effects of any kind. The space is intended to transform its occupant - and it does.

    Lisa says: "Great Story"
    "decent page turner but light on depth"
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    I found the story telling technique of switching between the two primary characters compelling. I was disappointed in the ending. I thought that the make characters needed more dimensions. I recommend this as a good beach read because it is interesting but does not require much focus.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Perfect Crime

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Peter Abrahams
    • Narrated By Sharon Williams
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    The unfaithful wife. With her no-nonsense business savvy and exquisite eye for acquisition, Francie is a rising star in the Boston art world. But her personal life is about to take a decidedly dark turn. The cheating lover: A virile and charismatic radio psychologist, Ned hosts a popular show poised on the brink of syndication. Though married and successful, he has one fatal weakness.

    GPNet says: "Good Recommendation from Stephen King"
    "Good Recommendation from Stephen King"
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    One of the best page turners I have read. Thanks Stephen King for the recommendation

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Whistler

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12527)
    Performance
    (11270)
    Story
    (11201)

    Lacy Stoltz is an investigator for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct. She is a lawyer, not a cop, and it is her job to respond to complaints dealing with judicial misconduct. After nine years with the board, she knows that most problems are caused by incompetence, not corruption. But a corruption case eventually crosses her desk. A previously disbarred lawyer is back in business with a new identity. He now goes by the name Greg Myers, and he claims to know of a Florida judge who has stolen more money than all other crooked judges combined.

    Elle says: "It's John Grisham, right?"
    "Grisham could write about paint drying"
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    And still make it interesting. He has grown out of wire transfers to burner phones as a plot aid. Not my favorite Grisham novel but once again compelled to read it to the end.

    How about some more female lawyer lead characters in Grisham books but with serious flaws to fight thru.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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