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Susan

This is my granddaughter's picture! She is my love.

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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
31

  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4610)
    Performance
    (3936)
    Story
    (3939)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Still Thinking About This Tale Weeks After"
    "This father never doubts his son's innocense"
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    You continue to wonder if the murderer is Jacob. He is the perfect suspect and you understand why the police and everyone else believes he is guilty. But, for no other reason than experience and love, his father knows it couldn't have been Jacob. He loses his work, his friends, and his future, but he had no other choice, this was his son. This was a really good story to listen to and I really liked the narrator.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • What She Left Behind

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ellen Marie Wiseman
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (414)
    Performance
    (373)
    Story
    (374)

    Ten years ago, Izzy Stone's mother fatally shot her father while he slept. Devastated by her mother's apparent insanity, Izzy, now 17, refuses to visit her in prison. But her new foster parents, employees at the local museum, have enlisted Izzy's help in cataloguing items at a long-shuttered state asylum. There, amid piles of abandoned belongings, Izzy discovers a stack of unopened letters, a decades-old journal, and a window into her own past.

    Maryellen says: "Bad Italian accent ruins narration"
    "Mother sacrifices all for daughter"
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    Good story includes today and 15 years before. Predictable other than that. Mother is committed as insane, daughter is lost in foster care. Caring couple helps daughter to work through problems toward a good end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The City

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Korey Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (572)
    Performance
    (525)
    Story
    (525)

    There are millions of stories in the city - some magical, some tragic, others terror-filled or triumphant. Jonah Kirk’s story is all of those things as he draws listeners into his life in the city as a young boy, introducing his indomitable grandfather, also a "piano man"; his single mother, a struggling singer; and the heroes, villains, and everyday saints and sinners who make up the fabric of the metropolis in which they live - and who will change the course of Jonah’s life forever. Welcome to The City, a place of evergreen dreams where enchantment and malice entwine.

    justin says: "How exactly a 2-star review with 4 hours???"
    ";Part average kid, part imagination, part mystery"
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    There are a lot of characters in this book. That is what it is mostly about; a child growing up, his family, his nightmares, his adventures, his friends. It doesn't become a "story" until about 3/4 through. It was good enough to finish it, but I have enjoyed character stories better.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Laline Paull
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (236)
    Story
    (236)

    Flora 717 is a sanitation worker, a member of the lowest caste in her orchard hive, where work and sacrifice are the highest virtues and worship of the beloved Queen the only religion. But Flora is not like other bees. With circumstances threatening the hive's survival, her curiosity is regarded as a dangerous flaw, but her courage and strength are assets. She is allowed to feed the newborns in the royal nursery and then to become a forager, flying alone and free to collect nectar and pollen.

    Katrina says: "My favorite audio book"
    "Fun although it is not a comedy"
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    I originally picked this book because my son if afraid of bees; to the point of serious laughter when he avoids one. He is a very big man and a Marine!
    This book gives you a fantasy look into a hive. The bees talk and have moral thoughts. It is both cruel and curious. The bees deal with enemies, changing weather, rules, and how to work your way to the top.
    It is different, but also fun and interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Is Where I Leave You

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jonathan Tropper
    • Narrated By Ramon De Ocampo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1589)
    Performance
    (1201)
    Story
    (1207)

    The death of Judd Foxman's father marks the first time that the entire Foxman family - including Judd's mother, brothers, and sister - have been together in years. Conspicuously absent: Judd's wife, Jen, whose 14-month affair with Judd's radio-shock-jock boss has recently become painfully public. Judd joins the rest of the Foxmans as they reluctantly submit to their patriarch's dying request: to spend the seven days following the funeral together.

    Tracey says: "Made me laugh out loud"
    "A Little Better than I thought it would be"
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    It wasn't hard to get involved in this family. They are all slightly dysfunctional.I don't know what the payout was in the end; other than knowing each other better. If the exercise could be done for a lot of families with adult children having problems with the different personalities involved, maybe life would be better. I liked the idea of the story and most of the characters. maybe I am old school, but when family is gathered to mourn a passed family member, I don't think there would be as much sex going on. It wasn't overdone, maybe disrespectful in their dead father's home.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • And the Mountains Echoed

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini, Navid Negahban, Shohreh Aghdashloo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2664)
    Performance
    (2350)
    Story
    (2344)

    Khaled Hosseini, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

    FanB14 says: "Does the End Justify the Means"
    "Good, but not as good as I'd expected"
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    I read A Thousand Splendid Suns and expected another excellent story like that one. It is pretty good, but I wouldn't have read A Thousand Splendid Suns if I'd read this one first. There were too many people in this story that they just seemed to be all over the place. Even when the connection was made, I still felt something had been lost in the telling of what should have been a good generational story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By William 'Wild Bill' Guarnere, Edward 'Babe' Heffron, Robyn Post
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (372)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (274)

    William "Wild Bill" Guarnere and Edward "Babe" Heffron were among the first paratroopers of the U.S. Army - members of an elite unit of the 101st Airborne Division called Easy Company. Arguably the bravest, most efficient, physically fit, and tight-knit group of soldiers the Army has ever produced, the unit was called upon for every high-risk operation of the war, including D-Day, Operation Market Garden in Holland, the Battle of the Bulge, and the capture of Hitler's Eagle's Nest in Berchtesgaden.

    danny lawrence says: "An instant favorite"
    "War Stories that are both dark and Interesting"
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    This isn't a book of stories although in any book like this there are "stories" There are many soldiers that are in the book and as tough as it was, many of them come home to the yearly gathering. Even when the worst of the descriptions were being read, I followed with interest rather than the pain I have felt in other books like this. The only thing that sort of bothered me was that there was a single narrator and two men that were telling the story. Even though they were from the same town in PA, I wished the narrator would have changed his voice enough to distinguish the two men a little more. I know that many times I wasn't sure of who was speaking. The two men would recount a single event and I would wonder if I'd somehow jumped back in the recording.
    All in all, I did like the book and thought it would be good for anyone looking for another book to follow Band of Brothers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tuesdays with Morrie: 10th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Mitch Albom
    • Narrated By Mitch Albom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (561)
    Performance
    (360)
    Story
    (363)

    Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher, or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, helped you see the world as a more profound place, gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it. For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly 20 years ago.

    monica maurer says: "Excellent Story"
    "I may have been the last person to read this"
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    I'd known about this story for years and have even been told I should read it. So when this was on the sale list, I finally did. It wasn't bad, in fact I did enjoy it. It wasn't as good as I expected and I have read books that answer questions about life's lessons that are more meaningful to me.
    I did like Morrie and loved how he remained positive even to the end.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5594)
    Performance
    (5142)
    Story
    (5146)

    A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.

    Cynthia says: "Shadows Dissolved in Vinegar"
    "Some Will Like This, I wasn't One of Them"
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    If it hadn't been for the performance of the narrator, I wouldn't have finished this book. I like relationships over time, but not those that deal with spirits and ghosts. It wasn't what I expected.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Silent Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By A. S. A. Harrison
    • Narrated By Karen White, Donald Corren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (732)
    Performance
    (649)
    Story
    (652)

    Jodi and Todd are at a bad place in their marriage. Much is at stake, including the affluent life they lead in their beautiful waterfront condo in Chicago, as she, the killer, and he, the victim, rush haplessly toward the main event. He is a committed cheater; she lives and breathes denial. He exists in dual worlds; she likes to settle scores. He decides to play for keeps; she has nothing left to lose. Told in alternating voices, The Silent Wife is about a marriage in the throes of dissolution, a couple headed for catastrophe, concessions that can’t be made, and promises that won’t be kept.

    Emily says: "Good... but not quite like the description..."
    "A Little Confusing, Not What I expected"
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    I enjoyed listening to this story even though I didn't like what was happening in it. It starts with a perfect couple in a perfect relationship of 20 years. Then a mid-life crisis with a pregnant girlfriend more than 20 years younger. The style of the story is back and forth between the original couple; how she deals with the situation - maybe it will all go away with time. Then how the man sees the situation - lust doesn't make for a perfect relationship.
    There are parts of the story that skip around and you wonder what is happening. I even came to the end of the story and wondered exactly what happened. Even though the story is typical, the method of telling it is very interesting although choppy. It is worth the time, though.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hopeless

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Colleen Hoover
    • Narrated By Angela Goethals
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (684)
    Performance
    (632)
    Story
    (640)

    Would you rather know a truth that makes you feel hopeless, or keep believing the lies? Beloved and bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with the spellbinding story of two young people with devastating pasts who embark on a passionate, intriguing journey to discover the lessons of life, love, trust--and above all, the healing power that only truth can bring.

    Jordy says: "Another 5 Star Favorite"
    "Not a Teen Romance, Excellent story"
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    I downloaded this book thinking I would like it. When I started to listen I almost quit but something kept me listening. I tend to stay away from young adult books and I am not a romance novel person and that is what this book starts out to be. If you stick to it, after a while, maybe a couple of hours, the story changes dramatically. It moves from a light teen love story to an absorbing story. It includes the detail that will make you flinch, cry, throw things, and finally at peace. There is no fairytale ending but it does bring everything together in a very realistic way.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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