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  • The Miracle at Speedy Motors: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (634)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (282)

    Mma Ramotswe is busy investigating her latest case: a woman who is looking for her family. The problem is, the woman doesn't know her real name of whether any members of her family are now living. Meanwhile, Phuti Radiphuti has bought Mma Makutsi a glorious new bed. Unfortunately, it will inadvertently cause her several sleepless nights.

    glamazon says: "Not one word too long"
    "Another winner"
    Overall

    This is one in a great series. Start at the beginning and enjoy the ride! (However, I think this might be a woman's book as my husband hates this entire series.)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Language of Flowers: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Vanessa Diffenbaugh
    • Narrated By Tara Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1043)
    Performance
    (899)
    Story
    (900)

    A mesmerizing, moving, and elegantly written debut novel, The Language of Flowers beautifully weaves past and present, creating a vivid portrait of an unforgettable woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own troubled past. The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it's been more useful in communicating grief, mistrust, and solitude.

    Diana - Audible says: "You don't need a green thumb to enjoy this one"
    "A Foster Kid's Fairy Tale"
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    From a broken childhood in foster care, the main character manages to get a job that pays a living wage, score an apartment in San Francisco, and start a business all without a hitch. During her years as a foster kid, she sets a fire in her favorite foster mom's vineyard - the foster mom is blamed for abusing her.......After getting pregnant, she gives birth in her apartment. Feeling overwhelmed she abandons the baby in the father's bedroom 60 miles away. When she is ready, she rejoins her family - the baby, the baby's father and her favorite foster mom......oh, and the baby's father and her favorite foster mom have several millions of dollars in land......not my favorite type of tale. Well performed.....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Room: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4606)
    Performance
    (2077)
    Story
    (2064)

    To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

    Kathleen says: "A truly memorable read"
    "Claustrophobia tale"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story is very sad with a redeeming ending. However, the story, and language is so claustrophobic that I would have set it aside if I wasn't reading it for a book club.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Reliable Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Robert Goolrick
    • Narrated By Mark Feuerstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (930)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (318)

    When a wealthy man first meets his mail-order bride in 1907, he realizes this statuesque beauty is anything but a "simple missionary's daughter." But he doesn't know of her devious plan to leave Wisconsin as a rich widow. Nor does she know of the furious demons he longs to unleash during the lonely months of snowbound isolation.

    Richard says: "Intriguing story but only average writing"
    "Intriguing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I enjoyed the book - it is a very solid story. The writer brings interesting characters into a web of a plot. It made my evening walk lively.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Green Mile

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (1759)
    Performance
    (828)
    Story
    (834)

    At Cold Mountain Penitentiary, the convicted killers on E Block await their turn to walk the Green Mile and keep a date with the electric chair. Paul Edgecombe has seen his share of oddities in his years working as a guard on the Mile, but he's never met anyone like John Coffey.

    Orita says: "Both the book and the reader were just plain great"
    "I thought I knew the story......."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    My 13 year old son and I listen to this while driving 20 hours. It is a mesmerizing story. At first, I thought it was just the "more words" version of the movie, but King's use of language absolutely delighted me. My son loved it. I wouldn't recommend it for younger children - there is murder, violence to children, sex and revenge. But, it was an amazing experience listening to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cutting for Stone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4935)
    Performance
    (2323)
    Story
    (2338)

    Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

    Mary Lynn says: "Brilliant story, pitch perfect narration"
    "Amazing story, great narrator"
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    Performance
    Story

    I didn't expect to get pulled into this book - the first part is a bit stiff. But, suddenly, I was sucked into the plot and the characters. I love the medical detail and all of the subplots. The narrator's performance is wonderful. When my book club sat down to discuss it, I was the only one to have listened to it on audio. But, that meant that the names were clear to me, but a stumbling block for the others.....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Historian

    • ABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Joanne Whalley, Martin Jarvis, Dennis Boutsikaris, and others
    Overall
    (766)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (116)

    Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

    John S. Atherton says: "I give the book a five but I won't buy it..."
    "Fun, driving book"
    Overall

    I enjoyed listening to this book as I drove cross country. I am not certain I would have found the ending satisfying if I hadn't listen to the entire book on I 10.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8987)
    Performance
    (3413)
    Story
    (3449)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "A rehash"
    Overall

    Oh how I wanted to love this book. Unfortunately, I found it to be so similar to Pillars of the Earth, it became boring.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Morning for Flamingoes: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (788)
    Performance
    (407)
    Story
    (402)

    Dave Robicheaux felt the bone-grinding pain rip through his body as the .45 did its damage. Through the agonizing haze that enveloped him, he heard an almost inhuman laugh - the hideous, victorious cackling of Jimmie Lee Boggs - a sound he would never forget. It had started out as an ordinary prisoner transfer, then turned into a blood bath when the convicted murderer got hold of a gun.

    Ed says: "Burke is an outstanding novelist"
    "Such a disappointment"
    Overall

    The first part of this book is wonderful, but the second part is truly awful. It is as if the author simply ran out of ideas and went for gross or silly resolution to the mystery. Very disappointing.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Five Children and It

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By E. Nesbit
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Filled with wit and humour, Nesbit's 1902 fantasy tells the adventure of five siblings sent to spend the summer with their uncle. One day, when the children wander from the strange house by the sea to play in old gravel pits, they uncover 'It', a prehistoric Sand-fairy. The unusual Sand-fairy grants the children one wish a day, each lasting until sunset. Though wishes can come true, they are not always as pleasant as they might seem, which the children soon discover.

    Mary says: "Very funny!"
    "Very funny!"
    Overall

    My 10 year old son loved this book. It is very funny and he enjoyed all of the problems the children had with getting their wishes granted. It is an old fashion book, but still great fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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