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Elizabeth

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  • 94 reviews
  • 130 ratings
  • 520 titles in library
  • 24 purchased in 2018
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  • The Cider House Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1631)
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    (1229)
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    (1225)

    From one of America's most beloved and respected writers comes the classic story of Homer Wells, an orphan, and Wilbur Larch, a doctor without children of his own, who develop an extraordinary bond with one another.

    Patti says: "Wonderful"
    "The Very Best"
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    I first read this book in 1986, when it first came out. I even saw the movie. Blame it on the passage of time or a bad memory, but all I remembered about it was that I knew I loved it. Engrossing, deep, funny, moving, sad but satisying. John Irving is the best. The very best. Man, can he tell a story. The narrator is perfect. He covers controversial topics, so know what you are getting into before you start it. This is a book you will be thinking about long after it is done and you will so want to talk about it! It has held up to the passage of time well, also.

    21 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • The Weight of Silence

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Heather Gudenkauf
    • Narrated By Jim Colby, Eliza Foss, Cassandra Morris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1656)
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    (1443)
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    (1441)

    It happens quietly one August morning. As dawn's shimmering light drenches the humid Iowa air, two families awaken to find their little girls have gone missing in the night. Now these families are tied by the question of what happened to their children. And the answer is trapped in the silence of unspoken family secrets.

    Sara W says: "A jewel"
    "Never Wanted to Put it Down"
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    Not your typical missing child book. Perfect? No. Good? Yes!
    Great reading for this winter that won’t end. Suspenseful until the end. I’m going to be recommending this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Silent Child

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Sarah A. Denzil
    • Narrated By Joanne Froggatt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7193)
    Performance
    (6629)
    Story
    (6589)

    In the summer of 2006, Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son's red coat was fished out of the River Ouse. It was the tragic story of the year - a little boy, Aiden, wandered away from school during a terrible flood, fell into the river, and drowned. His body was never recovered. Ten years later Emma has finally rediscovered the joy in life...until Aiden returns.

    says: "Joanne Froggatt 💕"
    "Thoroughly Enjoyed"
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    I couldn’t put this one down. Lots of twists and turns. Lots of suspense. If you like psychological thrillers, I recommend this. Ms Froggatt’s narration could not be better!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Asymmetry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Lisa Halliday
    • Narrated By Candace Thaxton, Arthur Morey, Fiona Hardingham, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (97)

    Told in three distinct and uniquely compelling sections, Asymmetry explores the imbalances that spark and sustain many of our most dramatic human relations: inequities in age, power, talent, wealth, fame, geography, and justice. The first section, "Folly", tells the story of Alice, a young American editor, and her relationship with the famous and much older writer Ezra Blazer. A tender and exquisite account of an unexpected romance that takes place in New York during the early years of the Iraq War.

    Mary says: "Loved it. "
    "This is not a fair review. Doesn’t work in audio format. "
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    I think this may be the first review I wrote before I finished a book. I love the story premise and am very intrigued but I cannot follow the audio and it’s even linear. It jumps in time and place with such suddenness I get totally confused and lost. My guess is that the written book has line breaks or something to indicate this and it just doesn’t work in audio. Sadly, I’m going to have to return it.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Little Fires Everywhere

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Celeste Ng
    • Narrated By Jennifer Lim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10584)
    Performance
    (9592)
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    (9565)

    In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned - from the layout of the winding roads to the colors of the houses to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren - an enigmatic artist and single mother - who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter, Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons.

    M. Ryder says: "Boring and Drawn Out!!!"
    "Wonderful Book"
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    I read Ms Ng’s first book and liked it so much, I recommended it for book club. This book I rate higher and want to discuss it with my book club now. So much to this story - many issues and themes. I love each flawed character -(except the mother of the four children). I love Mia and Pearl and the secret Mia carries across the country. Please read this beautiful book. You will think about it for a long time. You will thank me.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Year of the Hare: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Arto Paasilinna
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (925)
    Performance
    (831)
    Story
    (829)

    Vatanen, a journalist, is feeling burned out and sick of the city. One summer evening, he and a photographer set out on an assignment, and as they drive through the country, the car hits a young hare. Vatanen leaves the car to save the injured creature, and the grateful animal adopts him. This small incident becomes a turning point in Vatanen’s life as he decides to break free from the world’s constraints.

    Janice says: "Lost in translation"
    "Lovely Story"
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    I wanted a light, but enjoyable listen and I found it with this quirky book. It’s really not about the hare. It’s about the man who saves the hare and the many adventures he goes on with the hare. Fun story. If you liked “A Man Called Ove” - I think you may enjoy this.
    “Audible 20 review sweepstakes entry”

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Best Friend

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Shalini Boland
    • Narrated By Saskia Maarleveld
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1393)
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    (1293)
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    (1292)

    They say to keep your friends close and your enemies closer...wrong. Louisa's new best friend has it all - the house, the status, the money. But she's also hiding a dark secret. And as Louisa is drawn deeper into her friend's life, events take a chilling turn.

    Tony M says: "Skip this book"
    "Not My Favorite"
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    Almost returned this a couple times. Not a lot of depth to this one. So unbelievable and predictable I would get frustrated. No one in real life could be as naive as the main character. Excellent narrator though.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Gail Honeyman
    • Narrated By Cathleen McCarron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13081)
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    (12220)
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    (12175)

    Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office.

    Janna says: "Completely fine? No... Completely AWESOME"
    "Wonderful Book"
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    Loved this book. Sad, happy, and poignant. It does deserve to be read in as few sittings as possible. A book full of hope.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The One-in-a-Million Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Monica Wood
    • Narrated By Chris Ciulla
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1604)
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    (1473)
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    (1479)

    For years, guitarist Quinn Porter has been on the road, chasing gig after gig, largely absent to his twice-ex-wife Belle and their odd, Guinness records-obsessed son. When the boy dies suddenly, Quinn seeks forgiveness for his paternal shortcomings by completing the requirements for one of his son's unfinished Boy Scout badges. For seven Saturdays Quinn does yard work for Ona Vitkus, the spry 104-year-old Lithuanian immigrant the boy had visited weekly.

    Kelli Stone says: "Very moving, thought provoking,"
    "Wonderful Story"
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    I wish I could have read this in one sitting. It is that good. Such a great find. The story is poignant, sad, happy and quirky. Meaningful. I highly recommend!!!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Almost Sisters: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1006)
    Performance
    (957)
    Story
    (953)

    Superheroes have always been Leia Birch Briggs' weakness. One tequila-soaked night at a comics convention, the usually level-headed graphic novelist is swept off her barstool by a handsome and anonymous Batman. It turns out the caped crusader has left her with more than just a nice, fuzzy memory. She's having a baby boy - an unexpected but not unhappy development in the 38-year-old's life.

    avid reader says: "My favorite book in a long time!!"
    "Wonderful Story. Brilliantly Narrated by Author"
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    No spoilers here. I've read all of Ms. Jackson's books and I believe this is my favorite. I adored the main character. She is so lovable and so human. I can't praise this book enough.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Double Whammy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2634)
    Performance
    (1717)
    Story
    (1725)

    A twisted tale of murder in the world of big-stakes bass fishing tournaments. Filled with ex-wives, evangelists, and an armed pit-bull, this is a story that could only be concocted by Carl Hiaasen, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, New York Times best-selling author, and czar of Florida noir fiction.

    Kindle Customer says: "First For Me"
    "Love Hiaasen"
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    Raunchy, bizarre, politically incorrect and hysterically funny. Characters who are beyond weird. How can you not love this book. I needed a break from some heavy books. Grabbed this one as Hiaasen has never let me down. It was hard to keep everyone straight at times - but I didn't care. George Wilson narrates perfectly. Laugh out loud book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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