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  • The Blue Fairy Book

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Andrew Lang
    • Narrated By Angele Masters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (276)
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    (222)
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    Here are some of the finest fairytales from around the world - most of them old favorites: "Sleeping Beauty," "Rumpelstiltskin," "Cinderella," three from "The Arabian Nights," and many more. Andrew Lang was one of the most famous literary critics around 1900. He also edited a series of children's fable books that preserved and illustrated a host of tales which are still used extensively today.

    Anita says: "My children are spellbound"
    "The Original Fairy Tales, No Disney Here"
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    Would you listen to The Blue Fairy Book again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen to, "The Blue Fairy Book" again. Who can resist the classics AND a great narrator!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The best thing about, "The Blue Fairy Book" is that it reminds me of the fairy tales that I read in England when I was young. This isn't necessarily the book for children, unless an adult explains it and makes sure the children don't think this is real. I would have read it to my daughter, but not my son. He had nightmares and this would make them worse.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Rainbow Valley

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By L.M. Montgomery
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
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    L.M. Montgomery's Rainbow Valley is the continuation of the beloved classics Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea. Anne and Gilbert Blythe are married and have six mischievous children. Always seeking out new adventures and trying to help others, they're a rambunctious lot.

    Grace says: "L.M. Montgomery is better aloud than in my head"
    "Love this book in the, Anne of Green Gables series!"
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    With all of the problems going on in the country, I took a break from Drammatic authors to lighten my spirit. L. M. Montgomery, takes the reader away into a kinder, gentler time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anne of the Island

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By L. M. Montgomery
    • Narrated By Colleen Winton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (216)
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    In this continuation of the story of Anne Shirley, Anne leaves Green Gables and her work as a teacher in Avonlea to pursue her original dream (which she gave up in Anne of Green Gables) of taking further education at Redmond College in Nova Scotia. Gilbert Blythe and Charlie Sloane enroll as well, as does Anne's friend from Queen's Academy, Priscilla Grant. During her first week of school, Anne befriends Philippa Gordon, a beautiful girl whose frivolous ways charm her.

    Smile says: "Wonderful series of books!"
    "Loved it!"
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    If you want to slip away from the troubles of the world, reading or listening to the, Ann of Green Gables series is soothing to the soul.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anne of Avonlea: Anne of Green Gables, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By L. M. Montgomery
    • Narrated By Laurie Klein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
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    This is the second story in the Anne of Green Gables series. Skinny little red-haired Anne has changed into a pretty 16-year-old and is all grown up - well, sort of grown up. The story opens with Anne as a school teacher at Avonlea school. When Anne reached the school that first morning, she was confronted by prim rows of "shining morning faces". She had sat up until nearly midnight composing a speech which she had revised and improved painstakingly. It was a wonderful speech with fine ideas. And then, she couldn't remember it!

    Susie says: "Good story and perfect narrator"
    "Lovers this book! "
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    I usually lean towards heavier and often historical subject matter for my reading pleasure. However, with the world in such a dark place, it is so nice to be swept away into a joyous, simple world , were things work out well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anne of Green Gables

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lucy Maud Montgomery
    • Narrated By Rachel McAdams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5374)
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    With all of the pluck and charm of its eponymous young hero, Rachel McAdams (The Notebook, Spotlight, Midnight in Paris) delivers a spectacular reading of Montgomery's beloved bildungsroman. In moments both funny and bittersweet, McAdams' voice is imbued with the spark that has made Anne a much-loved symbol of individualism and cheer for over a century.

    nascarchvy88 says: "Great Book! under impressed by the reader"
    "Delightful Book!"
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    It was such a pleasure to listen to this charming story, with a wonderful narrator! I usually go for meatier books of substance, but with the uncertainties and chaos plaguing our country and world, Anne of Green Gables, was a breath of fresh air!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wideacre: Wideacre, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Emma Powell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (157)
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    Philippa Gregory's first story in the best-selling Wideacre trilogy. A compelling tale of passion and intrigue set in the 18th century. From the author of The Other Boleyn Girl and The Virgin's Lover. Wideacre Hall, set in the heart of the English countryside, is the ancestral home that Beatrice Lacey loves. But as a woman of the 18th century, she has no right of inheritance. Corrupted by a world that mistreats women, she sets out to corrupt others.

    Ruth says: "Refreshing"
    "Wonderful Book!"
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    I always love books by Phillips Gregory. I found this one so insightful of how greed is timeless. Beatrice is just like politicians of today, and throughout history. They may start out with pure hearts, but ultimately end up ravenous for more, at the price of the common man.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Coming Home

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Rosamunde Pilcher
    • Narrated By Helen Johns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Set against the backdrop of an elegant Cornwall mansion before World War II and a vast continent-spanning canvas during the turbulent war years, this captivating story tells of an extraordinary young woman's coming of age, coming to grips with love and sadness, and in every sense of the term, coming home.... In 1935, Judith Dunbar is left behind at a British boarding school when her mother and baby sister go off to join her father in Singapore.

    Amazon Customer says: "Marvelous story line, Excellent narration"
    "Fantastic Book!"
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    Between the beauty of the story and the perfect narrator, you won’t want, Coming Home, to end!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer, Susan Duerden, Rosalyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb.... As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends – and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is.

    Kent says: "MUCH better than I ever expected! Give it a try!"
    "Delightful "
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    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this story of community and love! Even though it is wrapped in the misery of the German invasion during WWII, the strength of love pervades and triumphs. You need to accept the fact that you will find a cohesive story created by letters written by different people that come together to share a story that reflects the ways in which a variety of people managed to create beauty even during struggles. I was entranced by the story!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Saving Ceecee Honeycutt

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Beth Hoffman
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Laugh-out-loud funny and deeply touching, Beth Hoffman's sparkling debut is, as Kristin Hannah says, "packed full of Southern charm, strong women, wacky humor, and good old-fashioned heart." It is a novel that explores the indomitable strengths of female friendship and gives us the story of a young girl who loses one mother and finds many others.

    Karen says: "Comfort Food For The Soul"
    "Great Book!"
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    I liked this book because although Ceecee faced tough challenges, she met them with grace and humor. The best part of the story, was that it had a happy ending. We can all use a bit of Ceecee Honeycutt in our lives!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30502)
    Performance
    (25797)
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    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Susan says: "Fifty Shades of Bad Writing"
    "Worst narrator!!!"
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    I read the book and enjoyed it for what it was, but the audible book is terrible because of the whining voice of the narrator. I couldn’t listen to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shipping News

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Annie Proulx
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (319)
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    At 36, Quoyle, a third-rate newspaperman, is wrenched violently out of his workaday life when his two-timing wife gets her just desserts. He retreats with his two daughters to his ancestral home on the starkly beautiful Newfoundland coast, where a rich cast of local characters all play a part in Quoyle's struggle to reclaim his life. As three generations of his family cobble up new lives, Quoyle confronts his private demons - and the unpredictable forces of nature and society - and begins to see the possibility of love without pain or misery.

    Polly says: "Can't Explain Why I Love This Book"
    "Earlier Narrator Better!"
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    I listened to, The Shipping News, when it was on cassettes. I enjoyed the earliest Narrator so much more. I couldn't enjoy the story with this Narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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