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  • Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty & the Beast

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Robin McKinley
    • Narrated By Charlotte Parry
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (213)

    New York Times best-selling author Robin McKinley has won numerous awards for her writing, including the prestigious Newbery Medal. Though her two sisters are beautiful, Beauty, despite her name, is thin and awkward - but she's also courageous. So when her father makes a terrible promise to a Beast living in an enchanted castle, Beauty knows she must volunteer to be the Beast's prisoner.

    Cybele Bell says: "she's really quite a perfect reader"
    "Nice twist on an old story."
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    Probably more suited to a younger reader. But still made for a pleasant commuter read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Handsome Man's Deluxe Café

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    Overall
    (313)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (282)

    In this delightful 15th installment, Mma Ramotswe has her hands full both at home and in the office. To add to her current challenges, her devoted partner, Grace Makutsi, has decided to branch out on her own and open The Handsome Man's Deluxe Cafe. But even “Miss 97 Per Cent” can't quite meet all the demands of running a business - not to mention those that a lightning strike makes on her building.

    Eva Gannon says: "What Happened to Lisette Lecat?"
    "Another pleasure read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story is a simple one - or is it? There is more than one mystery to solve.

    Life lived at a gentle pace by caring souls. Takes me back to Africa and away from N. American striving and selfishness.

    Hated for it to end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25242)
    Performance
    (20981)
    Story
    (20966)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    "unreliable witness"
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    While I found the details of the heroine's alcoholism disturbing at times, the story is gripping and keeps your attention til the end.

    What did she forget?what really happened?and the fog of paranoia and betrayal....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Innocents Abroad: Or, The New Pilgrim’s Progress

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (215)

    In June 1867, Mark Twain set out for Europe and the Holy Land on the paddle steamer Quaker City. His enduring, no-nonsense guide for the first-time traveler also served as an antidote to the insufferably romantic travel books of the period.

    Cynthia Franks says: "Twain's Hidden Gem"
    "Tourists from another time..."
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    While the telling is a little dated, and not everything translates, Mark Twain never ceases to entertain with amusing vignettes of ordinary people and things they do.

    As he describes each new stop - I found myself wishing I could have traveled the world back then, when things were newer and less "developed".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Calling Me Home: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Julie Kibler
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin, Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (561)
    Performance
    (492)
    Story
    (494)

    Eighty-nine-year-old Isabelle McAllister has a big favor to ask her hairdresser, Dorrie. She wants the black single mother to drop everything and drive her from Texas to a funeral in Ohio - tomorrow. Dorrie, fleeing problems of her own and curious about Isabelle’s past, agrees, not knowing it will be a journey that changes both their lives. Isabelle confesses that, as a teen in 1930s Kentucky, she fell in love with Robert Prewitt, a would-be doctor and the black son of her family’s housekeeper - in a town where blacks weren’t allowed after dark. The tale of their forbidden relationship and its tragic consequences just might help Dorrie find her own way.

    Alexandria says: "I really wanted to like it"
    "Sharing tears..Finding love"
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    Loved this book. Narrators were amazing. Could listen to both for days. A simple concept: an elderly woman with a secret, a young woman facing her own challenges and a 5 day road trip.

    The story that unfolds is amazing and will grab your heart.

    0 of 0 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
    (3922)
    Performance
    (3483)
    Story
    (3477)

    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"
    "Unfinished Business"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Wow! What a book.
    Can't remember the last time I was so surprised by an ending that it had me noodling the story for days.

    Jodi Picoult - Well Done.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Queen of England: Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Steve Robinson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (74)

    While on a visit to London, American genealogist Jefferson Tayte’s old friend and colleague dies in his arms. Before long, Tayte and a truth-seeking historian, Professor Jean Summer, find themselves following a corpse-ridden trail that takes them to the Royal Society of London, circa 1708.

    Doreen says: "Non-stop engaging story"
    "Queen Anne's Baby"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Love a mystery where you can learn something new in the process.

    The intrigue of a 300 year old Jacobin "plot" involves learning the ins and outs of the practice of Genelogy as well as a lessor known (for me anyway) piece of history - the reigns of Queen Anne and Queen Mary of Britain.

    Good story that keeps you guessing right up to the end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Choices

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Hillary Rodham Clinton
    • Narrated By Kathleen Chalfant, Hillary Rodham Clinton
    Overall
    (542)
    Performance
    (472)
    Story
    (473)

    Hillary Rodham Clinton's inside account of the crises, choices, and challenges she faced during her four years as America's 67th Secretary of State, and how those experiences drive her view of the future. In the aftermath of her 2008 presidential run, she expected to return to representing New York in the United States Senate. To her surprise, her former rival for the Democratic Party nomination, newly elected President Barack Obama, asked her to serve in his administration as Secretary of State. This memoir is the story of the four extraordinary and historic years that followed.

    Heizenberg says: "An Excellent book on Modern History"
    "Really smart Lady...really boring book"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Dry reading. A lot of facts and names.

    Just bought Blood Feud - about the Clintons and the Obamas -hear it is more lively read.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wayfaring Stranger

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1032)
    Performance
    (937)
    Story
    (935)

    It is 1934 and the Depression is bearing down when 16-year-old Weldon Avery Holland happens upon infamous criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow after one of their notorious armed robberies. A confrontation with the outlaws ends as Weldon puts a bullet through the rear window of Clyde’s stolen automobile. Ten years later, Second Lieutenant Weldon Holland and his sergeant, Hershel Pine, escape certain death in the Battle of the Bulge and encounter a beautiful young woman named Rosita Lowenstein hiding in a deserted extermination camp.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Outstanding Addition to the Holland/Texas Saga"
    "Intrigue & Danger in Post WWII Texas"
    Overall
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    Great book and found myself unable to pull myself away.

    From Texas in the 30's to the last days of the war in Germany, to living the American dream of post WWII - all are the setting for danger and good vs evil dialogue.

    The introspective approach to following the main characters as they deal with internal lusts & wants,and keeping true to oneself in the midst of ruin & danger makes this a captivating read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Revolution: The Sixties Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Deborah Wiles
    • Narrated By Stacey Aswad, Francois Battiste, J. D. Jackson, and others
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    It's 1964, and Sunny's town is being invaded. Or at least that's what the adults of Greenwood, Mississippi are saying. All Sunny knows is that people from up north are coming to help people register to vote. They're calling it Freedom Summer. Meanwhile, Sunny can't help but feel like her house is being invaded, too. She has a new stepmother, a new brother, and a new sister crowding her life, giving her little room to breathe. And things get even trickier when Sunny and her brother are caught sneaking into the local swimming pool....

    Holly says: "One of my favorites, ever!"
    "A story and a history lesson continues..."
    Overall
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    This book improves on the last (although the threads to the last book are tenuous enough that you could start with this one)

    It takes one of the characters a couple of years forward into 1964 Mississippi on the Freedom train.

    The main character ventures beyond her safe confined world and learns to deal with the changes inside and outside her home.

    This interspersed with "newsreel" type vignettes makes for a great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Countdown

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Deborah Wiles
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (27)

    Franny Chapman just wants some peace. But that's hard to get when her best friend is feuding with her, her sister has disappeared, and her uncle is fighting an old war in his head. Her saintly younger brother is no help, and the cute boy across the street only complicates things. Worst of all, everyone is walking around just waiting for a bomb to fall.

    David Hamilton says: "A great story for young, and old!"
    "One story, two story, three..."
    Overall
    Performance
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    What an unusual book.
    1) The awkwardness of a young teenager growing up in the 60's,
    2) The docu-drama pieces of what it was like to live through the Cuba missile scare, and
    3) The hint of the civil rights movement that was about to surface
    Characters are engaging and loved the narrator - her voice made the book a delight to listen to.
    Highly recommend the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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