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  • No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Owen, Kevin Maurer
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3222)
    Performance
    (2901)
    Story
    (2924)

    From the streets of Iraq to the mountaintops of Afghanistan and to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden's compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group - commonly known as SEAL Team Six - has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines. No Easy Day puts listeners alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the 24-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives.

    Darwin8u says: "Gripping, first-hand narrative of Op Neptune Spear"
    "Captivating and Revelatory"
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    What made the experience of listening to No Easy Day the most enjoyable?

    I learned so much about the life of a SEAL and the storyline kept me riveted. It is more about his overall career than just the UBL mission.


    What does Holter Graham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He does a really fab job of narrating.


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

    No but I listened to it very quickly over a few days. While I had it playing my husband and sons often sat down to listen in as well because the story was just so interesting.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Chaperone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1991)
    Performance
    (1756)
    Story
    (1742)

    >The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

    Amanda says: "Perfection."
    "Slow and Steady"
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    What did you love best about The Chaperone?

    It was completely unpredictable and even shocking in some aspects.


    What about Elizabeth McGovern’s performance did you like?

    The narration is amazingly well done and draws you in every time you turn it on.


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

    No it put me to sleep a few times.


    Any additional comments?

    The pacing of the events in the story bothered me . Three fourths of the story takes place in one summer and the last fourth rushes forward through the last thirty years of Cora's life at lightning speed. It felt like a different novel.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Paris in Love: Free Excerpt

    • UNABRIDGED (50 mins)
    • By Eloisa James
    • Narrated By Eloisa James
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (58)

    In 2009 Eloisa James took a leap that many people dream about: She sold her house, took a sabbatical from her job, and moved her family to Paris. Paris in Love: A Memoir chronicles her joyful year in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. With no classes to teach, no committee meetings to attend, no lawn to mow, Eloisa revels in the ordinary pleasures of life - discovering corner museums that tourists overlook, chronicling Frenchwomen’s sartorial triumphs, walking from one end of Paris to another.

    Clare says: "Solopsistic & Jerky"
    "Hilarious and Concise"
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    What made the experience of listening to Paris in Love: Free Excerpt the most enjoyable?

    I love hearing the author herself do the narration.


    Any additional comments?

    I only heard the free hour and wanted to hear more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gilt

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Katherine Longshore
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    When Kitty Tylney's best friend, Catherine Howard, worms her way into King Henry VIII's heart and brings Kitty to court, she's thrust into a world filled with fabulous gowns, sparkling jewels, and elegant parties. No longer stuck in Cat's shadow, Kitty is now caught between two men - the object of her affection and the object of her desire. But court is also full of secrets, lies, and sordid affairs, and as Kitty witnesses Cat's meteoric rise and fall as queen, she must figure out how to keep being a good friend.

    Shannon says: "Gilt-y (almost) Pleasure"
    "Great to Listen to"
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    What made the experience of listening to Gilt the most enjoyable?

    The story kept me very interested and wondering what would happen next which is hard to do with a true to history topic.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shoemaker's Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Adriana Trigiani
    • Narrated By Annabella Sciorra, Adriana Trigiani
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (168)

    The majestic beauty of the Italian Alps at the turn of the 20th century is the setting of the first meeting of Enza, a practical beauty, and Ciro, a strapping mountain boy. When Ciro catches the local priest in a scandal, he is banished and sent to hide in America. Soon Enza's family faces disaster and she, too, is forced to go to America. Unbeknownst to each other, they both build fledgling lives in America. Ciro masters shoemaking and Enza takes a factory job until fate intervenes and reunites them. But it is too late....

    MEMcL says: "Why the change in narrator?"
    "Predictable but Moving"
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    What did you love best about The Shoemaker's Wife?

    It has been a long time since a book actually moved me to tears because I cared about the characters so much. I fell in love with the time period details and the detailed descriptions made the scenes come alive in my mind's eye.


    Any additional comments?

    It is not an original book from Trigiani but if you are a fan of hers at all you will love this novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2411)
    Performance
    (2008)
    Story
    (2009)

    History has all but forgotten.... In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown. Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next best-selling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write. But then she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction....

    Martha says: "Get Out Your Hankies"
    "A Tale in Two Time Periods"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Winter Sea the most enjoyable?

    The performance is well done if you enjoy Scottish accents like I do and a good but simple love story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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