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  • 159 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2014
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  • Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Winifred Watson
    • Narrated By Frances McDormand
    Overall
    (1093)
    Performance
    (547)
    Story
    (545)

    Miss Pettigrew is a down-on-her-luck, middle-aged governess sent by her employment agency to work for a nightclub singer rather than a household of unruly children. Over a period of 24 hours, as she becomes caught up in the life of Delysia LaFloss, her own life is changed - forever. This charming, funny, light-hearted 1938 novel was a bestseller on its first appearance. Read by Academy Award winning actress Frances McDormand, who stars in the 2008 film as Miss Pettigrew.

    Holly C. Salley says: "Adorable"
    "Frothy fun."
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    We enjoyed every moment of this witty farce. It was well written, skillfully read by Frances McDormand, and fresh and fun from start to finish--while still having the quality of literary fiction. If you want a book that will lighten the cares of the day while keeping your rapt interest, this is the one. A treasure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lucky One

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    Overall
    (1131)
    Performance
    (683)
    Story
    (686)

    Is there really such thing as a lucky charm? The hero of Nicholas Sparks's new novel believes he's found one in the form of a photograph of a smiling woman he's never met, but who he comes to believe holds the key to his destiny. The chain of events that leads to him possessing the photograph and finding the woman pictured in it is the stuff of love stories only a master such as Sparks can write.

    Amber says: "Very enjoyable!!!!"
    "Worst book ever downloaded."
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    It pains me to write a negative review. I just don't like to. But this was an unforgivably bad book, and I feel a responsibility to warn others. I am frankly puzzled by the positive reviews. In the years that I taught creative writing, I don't think any college student ever turned in anything this bad. The writing is painfully trite, the characters are stereotypes, the plot is predictable, and there are more cliches per square inch than I have ever seen on a printed page. I am so sorry I wasted a credit when I have a wish list a mile long. Worst book ever downloaded...or read in any form.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • One Day

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Nicholls
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (902)
    Performance
    (494)
    Story
    (494)

    It's 1988 and Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley have only just met. They both know that the next day, after college graduation, they must go their separate ways. But after only one day together, they cannot stop thinking about one another. As the years go by, Dex and Em begin to lead separate lives. And yet, unable to let go of that special something that grabbed onto them that first night, an extraordinary relationship develops between the two.

    Kathy says: "Great book, bad ending"
    "Depressing"
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    Having just come off 36 hours of a very dark book, we were looking for something a little lighter. One Day was the wrong choice. Hours of real-time drunken bouts and characters who are deeply unhappy. The story is relentlessly frustrating and sad, but only because it is a microscope trained on sad, frustrated lives. One Day is well written and well read, so if you don't mind sharing a deep, dark funk for 17 hours, you may find this book rewarding. Just don't say I didn't warn you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jennet Conant
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (342)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (153)

    Prior to the U.S. entering WWII, a small coterie of British spies in Washington, D.C., was formed. They called themselves the Baker Street Irregulars after the band of street urchins who were the eyes and ears of Sherlock Holmes in some Arthur Conan Doyle stories.

    Karen says: "Witty,entertaining, real spies"
    "Startling/RIveting"
    Overall

    Couldn't stop listening to this fascinating true-life tale of espionage by the British in the United States--politics, Hollywood, James Bondian goings on--amazing. I learned so much from this book, but it was non-stop thrills all the way. Bought the print version as well and will read it a second time. Reader, by the way, was perfect for the content.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Catch Me If You Can

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Frank W. Abagnale
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    Overall
    (2094)
    Performance
    (870)
    Story
    (878)

    Frank W. Abagnale was one of the most daring conmen, forgers, imposters, and escape artists in history. In his brief but notorious criminal career, Abagnale donned a pilot's uniform and copiloted a Pan Am jet, masqueraded as the supervising resident of a hospital, practiced law without a license, passed himself off as a college sociology professor, and cashed over $2.5 million in forged checks, all before he was 21. His story is now a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks.

    Steve says: "Really entertaining!"
    "Terrific story, smarmy reader"
    Overall

    If you can get past the smarmy reader--I almost couldn't--you will be captivated by this edge-of-your-seat story. Just want to say the reader's voice might simply be personal preference, so preview before you decide.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Vintage Caper

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Peter Mayle
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    The story begins high above Los Angeles, at the extravagant home and equally impressive wine cellar of entertainment lawyer Danny Roth. Unfortunately, after inviting the Los Angeles Times to write an extensive profile extolling the liquid treasures of his collection, Roth finds himself the victim of a world-class wine heist.

    James H. Breda says: "Tres Bon"
    "A bad reader reads cliches"
    Overall

    Like many readers here, I have enjoyed Mr. Mayle's other work, but this was trite to the extreme and laden with cliches like, "What does a girl have to do to get a drink in this town?" The reader was terrible. He seemed like he could do documentaries well--and he obviously speaks French--but this book was painful to listen to from start to finish. The basic story itself is fun...but only if you are one of those people who can overlook how it is told.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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