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  • Hanging Hill

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Mo Hayder
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (111)

    One morning in picture-perfect Bath, England, a teenage girl's body is found on the towpath of a canal: Lorne Woods - beautiful, popular, and apparently the victim of a disturbingly brutal murder. Zoe Benedict - Harley-riding police detective, independent to a fault - is convinced the department head needs to look beyond the usual domestic motives to solve the case.

    Dorothy says: "Enjoyed it"
    "Twisting & Turning right up to the end!"
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    So many twists and turns to the story, wasn't sure how this would end up - but yet, another twist... twisted it self right out of being a good read at the end of it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Leaving Time

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Abigail Revasch, Kathe Mazur, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1185)
    Performance
    (1090)
    Story
    (1096)

    Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice's old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts. Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest.

    Jan says: "Pickiest Reader Would Be Willing to Give 6 Stars"
    "A Lesson and a Mystery all in one!"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    A lesson on Elephant behavior that I hope never to forget was very interesting. The storyline was worth it too with a twist to a surprise at the end that I wasn't exactly expecting.


    If you’ve listened to books by Jodi Picoult before, how does this one compare?

    This felt like a young adult book - but still a quick good read.


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

    No this is a 1st- not bad


    Was Leaving Time worth the listening time?

    yes, worth a listen but not gripping!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragonfly in Amber

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10864)
    Performance
    (7402)
    Story
    (7424)

    New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon enchanted scores of fans with Outlander, her electrifying historical saga set in 18th-century Scotland. Now this sequel sweeps listeners back into the past as Claire relates more of her perilous sojourn there with her Scottish warrior husband, James Fraser. Twenty years after her strange journey back in time, Claire has returned to Scotland with her daughter, determined to share with her the secret she has harbored since her time travel.

    Shelley says: "I ADORE this series!"
    "The Highland Saga Continues!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely would recommend this series. They say you can start with Book #2, but I think the start with "Outlander" 1st is important for the details. Really love the whole concept. Totally beliveable. and EXCELLENT narrating by Davina!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dragonfly in Amber?

    Jamie defends the honor of Claire and kills his godfather Dugal before he has a chance to kill Claire.


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    Davina keeps you totally enthralled. She is perfect!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18764)
    Performance
    (12872)
    Story
    (12765)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Love It !! Can't wait to start the next one!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Outlander to be better than the print version?

    Definitely think the audio version would be better, the accents of each character were different and perfect! I wasn't quite sure what I was expecting, but I really enjoyed this - can't believe I never heard of it before, but that said - ready to start the 2nd in the series. Time Travel & Romance (much more illicit than I would have expected) with such detail I feel like I am watching a movie instead of listening to an audio.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The details of every scene, puts you as a bystander watching the events unfold. Clare & Jamie true soul mates!


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    Perfect - love the gaelic and english accents - moves perfectly from female to male voices - My 1st Davina Porter


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Orphan Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christina Baker Kline
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4769)
    Performance
    (4257)
    Story
    (4263)

    Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

    Kathi says: "Moving story of sharing and transformation."
    "Great Story - Too Short!"
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    What did you love best about Orphan Train?

    The perfect mix of the 1920-30's orphan child experience and present day foster child experience - the coming together and forming of an immediate friendship and understanding where age was no barrier.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The detail of Niamh's (Neeve-Dorothy-Vivian) life as an immigrant child and the predjudices towards the children and the irish in general was very informative. The history lesson of the Orphan Train was very interesting.


    Have you listened to any of Jessica Almasy and Suzanne Toren ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    1st time listening to both of these performers.


    Who was the most memorable character of Orphan Train and why?

    Vivian and her horrible ordeal as an orphaned immigrant, enjoyed Dutchie too.


    Any additional comments?

    Just too short - would like to hear more of the story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10170)
    Performance
    (9307)
    Story
    (9325)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Great Start but Falls Short after a Lengthy Tale!"
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    I was intrigued from the start, what a great premise. The story dragged me along willing at the start, until it seemed like I was falling and falling out of the believability of it all. The end was just a babbling of philosophy which I could have done without. Not sure if I would take this adventure again and definitely wouldn't tell anyone to invest their time it. That said part of it was interesting enough for me to see it to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Alyson Richman
    • Narrated By George Guidall, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1725)
    Performance
    (1538)
    Story
    (1546)

    In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there's an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers. Providence is giving Lenka and Josef one more chance. From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit, and the strength of memory.

    Sara says: "Love, Strength & Survival"
    "Heart Wrenching 60 Year Love Story!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely! This was an excellent audio book. Of the 6 million stories from the Holocaust, I am glad this one was told.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lost Wife?

    Lenka's decision to stay with her parents, both times!


    Which character – as performed by George Guidall and Suzanne Toren – was your favorite?

    Lenka


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

    Absolutely! Went to sleep with the visions in my head


    Any additional comments?

    A very heart wrenching story. I think the author was true to the events. Although very heart breaking and difficult to listen to the stories at the death camps, it truly was a beautiful telling of survival and lasting love.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wildflower Hill

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kimberley Freeman
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (517)
    Performance
    (437)
    Story
    (439)

    In 1920s Glasgow, Beattie Blaxland falls pregnant to her married lover Henry just before her nineteenth birthday. Abandoned by her family, Beattie and Henry set sail for a new life in Australia. In 2009, London, prima ballerina Lydia Blaxland-Hunter is also discovering that life can also have its ups and downs. Unable to dance again after a fall, Lydia returns home to Australia to recuperate.

    Sara says: "Story telling at its best!"
    "Unexpected Treat!"
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    The story interweaves the present life of Emma, a Prima Ballerina living in London and past life of her grandmother Beattie. The story moves smoothly back to the early 1930's when Beattie was a young woman in Scotland who gets pregnant by her boyfriend (whose married to someone else) together they flee to Tasmania to live as a married couple. Emma's career ending injury begins her journey of unraveling the secrets of her beloved grandmother and finds purpose for her life to move forward. Excellent, Excellent Excellent!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Cure to Die For: A Medical Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Stephen G. Mitchell
    • Narrated By Chuck Driscoll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    A Cure to Die For is a medical thriller about a wonder drug, a miracle cure and a conspiracy to destroy it. A genetically engineered cure for the common cold - a simple, inexpensively grown plant - turns out to be a cure for cancer and threatens to make most other drugs obsolete. The discovery triggers a crisis of medical, corporate and political greed that sweeps the country as the government and the media conspire with Big Pharma to keep the miracle drug off the market.

    Satchel Bernardin says: "A Captivating and Exciting Medical Thriller"
    "2 Thumbs Down"
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    Would you try another book from Stephen G. Mitchell and/or Chuck Driscoll?

    Maybe


    What could Stephen G. Mitchell have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Leave out the obnoxious sounds - walking up the steps...somethings are just better left for the reader to imagine


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Cure to Die For?

    Too many to pinpoint.


    Any additional comments?

    Unrealistic storyline

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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