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  • The Truth: Discworld #25

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    Overall
    (934)
    Performance
    (451)
    Story
    (458)

    William de Worde, the accidental editor of Discworld's first newspaper, just wants to get to the truth. Unfortunately, everyone else wants to get at William. And it's only the third edition. Browse more novels of Discworld.

    Glen Phipps says: "Classic Pratchett"
    "One of the best I 've listened to yet!"
    Overall

    I thought I loved Moist Von Lipvig (Going Postal and Making Money) but then Willian Deword and his crew stole my heart (or should I say funny bone?) I laugh til I cry every time Otto takes the first "iconograph"! After 25 years in the newspaper business, I find this book terrific on so many levels. Do yourself a favor and download it now!!!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12053)
    Performance
    (8000)
    Story
    (8035)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Could not stop listening"
    Overall

    Wondered how she could beat Sea Biscuit, but she did it. Read this book!
    BTW, I just left a holiday party in Torrance where another guest's father had gone to high school with Louie. She said when they met last year, he remembered some of their juvenile antics clearly and was a great guy.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Emperor's Children: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Claire Messud
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    Friends at Brown University, Marina, Danielle, and Julius are still looking to make their marks as they approach their 30s. Marina lives with her celebrated parents on the Upper West Side while trying to complete her book. TV producer Danielle's success is due to the puff pieces she churns out. Freelance critic Julius can barely make ends meet. Into this mix comes Bootie, Marina's college dropout cousin, who is just the catalyst the three friends need to start making significant changes in their lives.

    Diane says: "Suzanne Toren a makes a good book great"
    "Overrated!"
    Overall

    I struggled through the first half of this book trying to like it because it was given such rave reviews, put it aside for several months, came back and liked the characters even less! Waste of my time and my monthly fee.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Katherine Howe
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1054)
    Performance
    (408)
    Story
    (413)

    Connie's mother asks her to sell an abandoned house once owned by her grandmother in Salem, Mass. Relunctantly, Connie moves to the small town and inhabits the crumbling, ancient house, trying to restore it to a semblance of order. Curious things start to happen when Connie finds the name "Deliverance Dane" on a yellowed scrap of paper and begins to have visions of a long ago woman condemned for practicing "physick," or herbal healing, on her neighbors in 1690s Salem.

    Darinda says: "Love it!"
    "Disappointingly formulaic and ultimately boring"
    Overall

    Starts off interestingly enough and some of the historical flash backs are okay, but the modern day "love story" and the villian Advisor made this book extremely difficult to finish. I had to force myself to do it. Any wonder the author was working on her PhD when she wrote this and made the Faculty Advisor the "bad guy".

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • I See You Everywhere

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Julia Glass
    • Narrated By Mary Stuart Masterson, Julia Glass
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (35)

    From the author of the best-selling Three Junes comes an intimate new work of fiction: a tale of two sisters, together and apart, told in their alternating voices over 25 years. Louisa Jardine is the older one, the conscientious student, precise and careful: the one who yearns for a good marriage, an artistic career, a family. Clem, the archetypal youngest, is the rebel: uncontainable, iconoclastic, committed to her work but not to the men who fall for her daring nature.

    A User says: "Voice narration this author hasn't mastered"
    "Voice narration this author hasn't mastered"
    Overall

    I have tried several times to listen to this book out of whatever misplaced loyalty makes me not want to put down a book. But today, I have thrown in the towel -- please do not let this author read any more of her own work. She is a writer, not a actress or narrator. If the story were more interesting or less insipid maybe it would be worth sticking -- but it isn't interesting and it is insipid!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Peony in Love: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Janet Song
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (117)

    For young Peony, betrothed to a suitor she has never met, lyrics from The Peony Pavilion mirror her own longings. In the garden of the Chen Family Villa, amid the scent of ginger, green tea, and jasmine, a small theatrical troupe is performing scenes from this epic opera, a live spectacle few females have ever seen. Like the heroine in the drama, Peony is the cloistered daughter of a wealthy family, trapped like a good-luck cricket in a bamboo-and-lacquer cage.

    L. Swartz says: "Unusual and excellent book"
    "Peony in Love is odd"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed Lisa See's ancestor's story of their arrival in California. So I was anxious to read her latest book, however, it isn't something I would recommend. Her obsession with the woman's plight in ancient China interferes with her ability to tell the story. I have stopped in part 4 and am not sure that I will finish it.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, The Home Front in World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (39)

    This New York Times best seller is the compelling chronicle of a nation during a time of incredible change. With detail and drama, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin expertly reveals the importance of the Roosevelt White House in the great destiny of the United States. Ultimately, she creates an intimate portrait of the Roosevelts, fusing their human vitality with the monumental scale of domestic and foreign affairs during the Second World War.

    Don says: "Well Researched"
    "Eleanor and Franklin"
    Overall

    Interesting information, but I believe it would be better if the reader did not attempt to imitate the voice of the historical characters. All of his women sound trivial as though they were discussing "shopping" instead of world changing issues.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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