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  • Me Before You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3425)
    Performance
    (3108)
    Story
    (3122)

    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    Michael says: "Who or What defines Quality of Life?"
    "I actually stopped driving while I was listening"
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    What did you love best about Me Before You?

    It felt so real - so very believable. In fact, one portion of the story was in the newspaper headlines today.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed. I ugly cried. I stopped driving in the middle of a road.


    49 of 52 people found this review helpful
  • One Plus One: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Bower, Ben Elliot, Nicola Stanton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (909)
    Performance
    (830)
    Story
    (836)

    Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied, and your math-whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can't afford to pay for. That's Jess' life in a nutshell - until an unexpected knight-in-shining-armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess' knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages...maybe ever.

    Kathy says: "Sometimes I need a book that is just fun to read."
    "Another winner from JoJo Moyes!"
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    One Plus One was a great listen. There were definitely twists and turns that I didn't expect and so much emotion. This book has heart & soul, similar to Me Before You. I found myself slowing to a near stop while driving a few times, engrossed in the story. It's definitely one of the stories that I wonder where the characters are now.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Love Life

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (647)
    Performance
    (596)
    Story
    (594)

    Love Life serves up another delicious selection of intimate stories and observations from Rob Lowe's life, told with humor, warmth, and brutal honesty. After writing his acclaimed debut effort, Lowe felt he had more stories to share and many more friends to introduce. The result is a touching memoir about the business and craft of acting, the pitfalls of success, family, love, and much more.

    russell says: "He did it again"
    "A memoir for people who don't read memoirs"
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    I listened to Lowe's first book and loved it... couldn't wait to download the second book and it is perfect. I don't typically read or enjoy memoirs, so I can't compare it to others in the genre. Forget whatever you think you know about Lowe. The book is thoughtfully put together and full of emotional and funny stories. As he praises masterful writers and skilled actors, you will be blown away by his descriptions and insights. The emotion in his voice as he reads his own words is breathtaking. He genuinely is filled with joy when his friends and family succeed. His love for his family and friends is deep and true. It is a heartwarming and entertaining book and I find myself telling other people stories from it as I listen.

    The title of the book captures it perfectly - and it isn't what you think. I highly recommend it to all.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Letter from Your Lover: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (394)
    Performance
    (356)
    Story
    (355)

    A sophisticated, pause-resistant double love story spanning 40 years - an unforgettable Brief Encounter for our times. It is 1960. When Jennifer Stirling wakes up in the hospital, she can remember nothing - not the tragic car accident, not her husband, not even who she is. She feels like a stranger in her own life until she stumbles upon an impassioned letter, signed simply "B", asking her to leave her husband. Years later, a journalist named Ellie discovers the same enigmatic letter in a forgotten file in her newspaper's archives....

    FanB14 says: "What's so Great About Jennifer?"
    "Tempted to google characters, as if they were real"
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    If you could sum up The Last Letter from Your Lover in three words, what would they be?

    Poignant. Delicate. Timeless.


    What other book might you compare The Last Letter from Your Lover to and why?

    Romeo and Juliet... a story that captures what just a few minutes and poor communication can do. The charm of the story is realizing that in 1960, without cell phones, text messages and e-mail, how easy it was to miss the love of your life by mere moments.


    Have you listened to any of Susan Lyons’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    She does a beautiful job. I love her voice and thinks she captures the emotion of each character well without adopting strange affected voices for each one.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, but I don't want to ruin the story by telling you what it was... sorry.


    Any additional comments?

    I noticed several hitches in the editing where natural breaks were skipped. It didn't take away from the story, but I expect better quality.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Firebird

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1094)
    Performance
    (991)
    Story
    (995)

    Nicola Marter was born with a gift. When she touches an object, she sometimes glimpses those who have owned it before. When a woman arrives with a small wooden carving at the gallery Nicola works at, she can see the object’s history and knows that it was named after the Firebird - the mythical creature from an old Russian fable. Compelled to know more, Nicola follows a young girl named Anna who leads her into the past on a quest through the glittering backdrops of the Jacobites and Russian courts, unearthing a tale of love, courage, and redemption.

    Sue says: "More heavy on the romance than the historical"
    "Good, but not gripping. I was able to put it down."
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    Would you try another book from Susanna Kearsley and/or Katherine Kellgren?

    Maybe.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I actually think the story of Ana (the flashbacks) would've been fine without all of the modern stuff.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Katherine Kellgren?

    Yes.


    Did The Firebird inspire you to do anything?

    Nope


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl You Left Behind

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Penny Rawlins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (529)
    Performance
    (470)
    Story
    (467)

    France, 1916: Artist Edouard Lefevre leaves his young wife, Sophie, to fight at the front. When their small town falls to the Germans in the midst of World War II, Edouard’s portrait of Sophie draws the eye of the new Kommandant. As the officer’s dangerous obsession deepens, Sophie will risk everything - her family, her reputation, and her life - to see her husband again.

    FanB14 says: "Exquisite Portrait of Sophie and Liz"
    "I ugly cried."
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    Would you listen to The Girl You Left Behind again? Why?

    Absolutely. There were a lot of characters that came and left throughout the book, as well as fascinating plot twists. To listen again knowing the ending would definitely be worth it!


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was a beautiful love story, just like Me Before You, but couldn't have been more different than Moyes' previous book. I thought she did a great job with historical fiction. The characters faced decisions that were life-changing - nothing black and white - and she worked through them in ways that felt real and believable.


    What does Clare Corbett and Penny Rawlins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The accents are fantastic and the emotions from their performances were just wonderful.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, absolutely - I would've driven cross-country just to keep listening!


    Any additional comments?

    If you loved Me Before You, definitely try this book. Just know going in that they're completely different. JoJo Moyes is a masterful storyteller and I will definitely be watching for her next masterpiece!

    13 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Richard Matheson
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3569)
    Performance
    (1503)
    Story
    (1522)

    In I Am Legend, a plague has decimated the world, and those unfortunate enough to survive are transformed into blood-thirsty creatures of the night. Robert Neville is the last living man on earth. Everyone else has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville's blood. By day, he stalks the sleeping undead, by night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn.

    Amazon Customer says: "Superb!"
    "Not like the movie AT ALL and I'm so glad"
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    Ok, the movie TERRIFIED me. I turned it off. I got this book to see how it ended and I was pleasantly surprised to discover it was completely different than the movie.

    This is an old book and so the explanation of why the creatures are the way they are is different, so don't pick it based on the movie.

    I really enjoyed listening to the main character struggle with life alone. I think it was harder for him to be isolated than to be in danger of dying - such a human trait, when all the daily noise dies away.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Side of the Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jean Craighead George
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (178)

    Sam Gribley is terribly unhappy living in New York City with his family, so he runs away to the Catskill Mountains to live in the woods - all by himself. With only a penknife, a ball of cord, 40 dollars, and some flint and steel, he intends to survive on his own. Sam learns about courage, danger, and independence during his year in the wilderness, a year that changes his life forever.

    Ron says: "revisiting a childhood classic"
    "As wonderful as I remembered, glad I shared w kids"
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    I grew up LOVING this book. I was so thrilled to find it in audio before going on a car trip. The kids really enjoyed it and asked lots of great questions. We had to keep pausing to discuss the story, the setting, why the boy was doing what he was doing, etc.

    This was my first experiment sharing an audio book with the kids. I'm so glad I did. What a classic to start with!

    If you don't know anything about this book, it was a great book for kids to fantasize about back in the day... running away from it all and living off the land. As an adult that is way too plugged in, this is a great fantasy now, but where would I plug my charger? I wonder if there is cell signal on the mountain?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Whiskey Beach

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1309)
    Performance
    (1138)
    Story
    (1142)

    For more than 300 years, Bluff House has sat above Whiskey Beach, guarding its shore - and its secrets. But to Eli Landon, it’s home.… A Boston lawyer, Eli has weathered an intense year of public scrutiny and police investigations after being accused of - but never arrested for - the murder of his soon-to-be-ex wife. He finds sanctuary at Bluff House, even though his beloved grandmother is in Boston recuperating from a nasty fall. Abra Walsh is always there, though.

    Kim Venatries says: "Not So Good"
    "Tried and true - you can always count on Nora"
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    I learned long ago that Nora Roberts has a formula, but it works. Anytime I want an easy read with great character development, a little mystery, some hesitation before admitting love, and then a happy ending, I know to grab her latest book. I'm not sure how she keeps coming up with different combinations, but I always enjoy them and am always missing the characters just a bit.

    She didn't disappoint. Great beach read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Woman Upstairs

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Claire Messud
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (337)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (297)

    Nora Eldridge, a 37-year-old elementary school teacher in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who long ago abandoned her ambition to be a successful artist, has become the "woman upstairs", a reliable friend and tidy neighbor always on the fringe of others' achievements. Then into her classroom walks Reza Shahid, a child who enchants as if from a fairy tale. He and his parents - dashing Skandar, a Lebanese scholar and professor at the École Normale Supérleure; and Sirena, an effortlessly glamorous Italian artist - have come to Boston for Skandar to take up a fellowship at Harvard.

    Beth Anne says: "Disturbing, Frustrating, Messed Up and AWESOME!"
    "I wanted to shake the woman upstairs"
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    Oh my gosh... book was good, but I wanted to shake her. She just just never took control of her own happiness. If it happened to her, she was grateful, but she missed out on so much because she wouldn't go for what she wanted. And honestly, I'm not sure what she wanted. The point of the story was that she didn't KNOW what she wanted. I get that - I suffer from it - but it was frustrating to listen to it.

    You know how you can look at other people's lives and think, "I know what you need... you should do x...", but you don't know what you need for your own life? That's this book in a nutshell.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jennifer Chiaverini
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (363)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (320)

    In Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker, novelist Jennifer Chiaverini presents a stunning account of the friendship that blossomed between Mary Todd Lincoln and her seamstress, Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Keckley, a former slave who gained her professional reputation in Washington, D.C. by outfitting the city’s elite. Keckley made history by sewing for First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln within the White House, a trusted witness to many private moments between the President and his wife, two of the most compelling figures in American history.

    Book and Movie Lover says: "Good mix of fiction and history"
    "Interesting, for a short story..."
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    Although the perspective was interesting, I would've liked more interaction with the rest of the characters. The small snippets with the President were just a tease. If this dressmaker truly was a witness to historic moments, it would've been fascinating to hear/read more (even if it is fictional) of that experience. Unfortunately, he was just a passing character for most of the book... Mrs. Lincoln just got to be annoying toward the end and I just wanted it to be over.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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