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Carolyn

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  • The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By T. J. Stiles
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (183)
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    (180)

    In The First Tycoon, Stiles offers the first complete, authoritative biography of this titan, and the first comprehensive account of the Commodore's personal life. It is a sweeping, fast-moving epic, and a complex portrait of the great man. Vanderbilt, Stiles shows, embraced the philosophy of the Jacksonian Democrats and withstood attacks by his conservative enemies for being too competitive. He was a visionary who pioneered business models.

    john says: "Great! If you can get through it..."
    "Love the history... thorough profile of the man"
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    Great story....could have been better written. While I appreciate the old world language and the authenticity of the descriptions, I would have preferred the author come back to the present day language once in awhile. I think the change in language would have made the book easier to plow through....its quite a tome and requires endurance to finish. I own a home in Asheville where Vanderbilt's grandson built a beautiful "castle". I've always wondered about the origin of the money and the sensibilities that allowed such a grand vision come to fruition.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood: Outlander, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3894)
    Performance
    (3635)
    Story
    (3625)

    Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to 1743 Scotland, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for a young soldier, James Fraser.

    G. House Sr. says: "Eloquent Fabulous Historical - Grand Continuation"
    "Worth the wait"
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    Diana just gets better. Some books in the series were a bit winding and wordy, but this one held my interest throughout. Claire as a sexy grandma. How delightful. Still loving her series. Davina Porter's performance is as wonderful as ever.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Heist

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1095)
    Performance
    (969)
    Story
    (974)

    Master novelist Daniel Silva has thrilled listeners with 16 thoughtful and gripping spy novels featuring a diverse cast of compelling characters and ingenious plots that have taken them around the globe and back - from the United States to Europe, Russia to the Middle East. His brilliant creation, Gabriel Allon - art restorer, assassin, spy - has joined the pantheon of great fictional secret agents, including George Smiley, Jack Ryan, Jason Bourne, and Simon Templar.

    Brian says: "If new to Daniel Silva, great book. Otherwise..."
    "So so"
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    This was my first Silva novel and will probably be my last. Had a really hard time finishing this book though I had previously enjoyed stories about the art world. Perhaps this was a bit to political for me...not sure. I hung in because George Guidall is one of my favorite performers and I was hoping to care a bit about the characters.....never happened.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Innocent

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Scott Turow
    • Narrated By Edward Hermann, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1526)
    Performance
    (506)
    Story
    (506)

    The sequel to the genre-defining, landmark best seller Presumed Innocent, Innocent continues the story of Rusty Sabich and Tommy Molto who are, once again, 20 years later, pitted against each other in a riveting psychological match after the mysterious death of Rusty's wife.

    Suzn F says: "Terrific Book"
    "Gripping and twisty"
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    Turow turned out another great story with an interesting plot. Characters were well developed and I could put myself in the story as I imagined the scenes. What people will do for revenge...or will they?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Southern Discomfort

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Margaret Maron
    • Narrated By C.J. Critt
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (65)

    The governor of North Carolina has appointed Deborah to a judicial seat in the District Court Division. On her weekends, the fledgling judge has been helping an all-woman building crew complete a home for a needy single mother. Her attempts to gain positive P.R. go awry when her niece is found battered and half-naked in the partially completed home, with Deborah's own bloody hammer lying nearby.

    Debora says: "Enjoyable"
    "S L O W"
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    I look for books about the south and hung in on this story though the end only because I very much like the performer. Character development was just not there and the plot was somewhat ordinary. Skip this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Harper Lee
    • Narrated By Sissy Spacek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1409)
    Performance
    (1307)
    Story
    (1318)

    Harper Lee’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south - and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred, available now for the first time as a digital audiobook. One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the 20th century by librarians across the country.

    Alan says: "Stunning"
    "Still Fabulous"
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    Amazing in simplicity of storyline with complicated characters. I'd forgotten the ending and so glad I "read" it again. A must!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Big Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3010)
    Performance
    (2757)
    Story
    (2757)

    Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

    Joanne M. McGowan says: "I didn't want to press the stop button!"
    "Creative delivery of a story with a message"
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    Having changed genres from the last book, it took me awhile to understand and appreciate the cadence of this story. The story was cleverly delivered and once I finally sorted out the movement from past to present, and the many characters, I appreciated how well the characters and situation came to life for me. The characters became relatable and I was there with them in the story. I enjoyed the performance save one attempt to perform an American accent (the westerner had the accent of a southerner.) otherwise, good Aussie narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (7165)
    Performance
    (5080)
    Story
    (5064)

    All is not well in Margrave, Georgia. The sleepy, forgotten town hasn't seen a crime in decades, but within the span of three days it witnesses events that leave everyone stunned. An unidentified man is found beaten and shot to death on a lonely country road.

    Ed says: "Comic book tough guy"
    "Apt title"
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    Curious about this author and first novel of his I've listened to. ... Decision: move on to a better story teller. At once predictable and unnecessarily violent. Much prefer Turow.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jason Mott
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (335)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (312)

    Harold and Lucille Hargrave's lives have been both joyful and sorrowful in the decades since their only son, Jacob, died tragically at his eighth birthday party in 1966. In their old age they've settled comfortably into life without him, their wounds healed through the grace of time.... Until one day Jacob mysteriously appears on their doorstep - flesh and blood, their sweet, precocious child, still eight years old. All over the world people's loved ones are returning from beyond.

    FanB14 says: "You'd Want to Return It"
    "Interesting premise; how would you react?"
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    The premise is interesting and a wish fulfilling difficult subject. The author took the premise in a particular direction but examines it on a fairly shallow level. How would you deal with the return of a loved one? How would nations deal with the return of thousands of deceased and why didn't the author deal with potential return of famous historical figures both revered and hated?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7157)
    Performance
    (6633)
    Story
    (6650)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "Enjoy King's writing skills"
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    Wasn't a total "page turner" but another enjoyable story well written. Will Patton's performance was excellent as usual.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Things They Carried

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Tim O'Brien
    • Narrated By Bryan Cranston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1336)
    Performance
    (1239)
    Story
    (1231)

    Hailed by The New York Times as "a marvel of storytelling", The Things They Carried’s portrayal of the boots-on-the-ground experience of soldiers in the Vietnam War is a landmark in war writing. Now, three-time Emmy Award winner-Bryan Cranston, star of the hit TV series Breaking Bad, delivers an electrifying performance that walks the book’s hallucinatory line between reality and fiction and highlights the emotional power of the spoken word.

    Darwin8u says: "Grief, terror, love, longing"
    "Vietnam War memento: War is evil"
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    I remember the Vietnam war years well, feared the draft for all men and knew the US involvement was wrong. President Carter once said that War is a necessary Evil...but it is evil. This war was an unnecessary evil.

    I bought this book to hear Bryan Cranston. His narration was expert and when it ended, I stopped listening to the remainder of the book. What Johnson, Nixon, McNamara and the Military Complex did to the generation who fought this war was continues to plague my generation and our nation. I wish all Vietnam veterans could be miraculously healed and made whole again, but retelling the sins of war isn't the path.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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