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  • Tommo and Hawk: The Australian Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1870)
    Performance
    (1246)
    Story
    (1247)

    Brutally kidnapped and separated in childhood, Tommo and Hawk are reunited at the age of 15 in Hobart Town. Together, they escape their troubled pasts and set off on a journey into manhood. From whale hunting in the Pacific to the Maori wars of New Zealand, from the Rocks in Sydney to the miners' riots at the goldfields, Tommo and Hawk must learn each other's strengths and weaknesses in order to survive.

    Angie says: "Brillant Narration"
    "Tommo and Hawk"
    Overall

    What a story! Due to the previous reviews and the synopsis I won???t go into what this was about; instead I wanted to add my views of how much I like Bryce Courtney and the narrator Humphrey Bower. What a combination. Mr. Bower is a master of acting ??? in narration ??? and if he ever becomes a huge video star his talents would be missed. Mr. Courtney is a master story teller of things I know/knew little of. In his preface he notes that the surroundings and personalities were accurate; with that in mind and having little else to go on, he painted quite an existence. As with most history, women are constantly victims and those who choose not to be, are very interesting people indeed. Get the series ??? each book could stand on their own but one without the other would miss a lot. I will listen to the series again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4963)
    Performance
    (2768)
    Story
    (2801)

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    avid reader says: "Hours of enjoyable, fun listening"
    "Wonderful!!"
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    I purchased and listened to this years ago, and I have gone back to it several times. I scored it, but never wrote a review.

    It is just one of those kinds of listens. Caroline Lee is just wonderful but even a lesser narrator could not ruin this plot. It is complex but not complicated. Emotions from this book is very memorable. I love most of Kate Morton's books, but this one and "The Secret Keeper" are my favorites. Her others and memorable and at least 4 stars each.

    I don't know if this review is of any help to anyone except to say that you will not be disappointed. A worthy listen over and over again. It is nice to revisit old, well loved titles.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murphy's Law

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (576)
    Performance
    (497)
    Story
    (499)

    Molly Murphy always knew she'd end up in trouble, just as her mother predicted. So, when she commits murder in self-defense, she flees her cherished Ireland, under cover of a false identity, for the anonymous shores of late 19th-century America. When she arrives in New York and sees the welcoming promise of freedom in the Statue of Liberty, Molly begins to breathe easier. But when a man is murdered on Ellis Island, a man Molly was seen arguing with, she becomes a prime suspect in the crime.

    Jan says: "Cream Puff Read"
    "Not Her Royal Spyness"
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    It's okay. It definitely isn't Her Royal Spyness series. At least I don't think so; I'm not going to listen to any more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silkworm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (579)
    Performance
    (538)
    Story
    (536)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

    linda says: "Cormoran Strike in London's Literary World"
    "A Lot of Characters"
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    This installment has A LOT of characters, at times I had a hard time keeping up. The mystery was bizarre and I still am having a hard time figuring out what happened, or more likely why. The mystery aside, I enjoyed getting to know the main characters better, and the side stories were fun - birthday dinner at his sister's house was very funny, his bread and butter cases were good too. The author's style (I know who it is...) is very descriptive without being to wordy.

    I'm not sure I like the narrator. I liked him more in Cuckoo than in this book. Don't hate him either.

    I will read the next book if there is one. Worth listening to again.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sold

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Patricia McCormick
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (232)

    Lakshmi is a thirteen-year-old girl who lives with her family in a small hut on a mountain in Nepal. Though she is desperately poor, her life is full of simple pleasures, like playing hopscotch with her best friend from school and having her mother brush her hair by the light of an oil lamp. But when the harsh Himalayan monsoons wash away all that remains of the family's crops, Lakshmi's stepfather says she must leave home and take a job to support her family.

    AudioAddict says: "My name is Lakshmi. I am from Nepal. I am 13."
    ""Simply to Endure is to Triumph""
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    This is a sad but triumphant story about a sad state of affairs all over the world. Little children from desperately poor families selling their daughters and sons into slavery. Maybe they were deceived, maybe they knew full well what was going to happen to their offspring. The end was hopeful but I would have liked a few paragraphs on what happened.

    The author was kindly vague about the sex, but sex is the purpose of this practice so it had to be there.

    Credit worthy, though the price was perfect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6858)
    Performance
    (6279)
    Story
    (6285)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Minority POV"
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    I wanted very much to like/love this book. I didn't, I may return it for my credit though I cannot get my time back. I kept turning it off but after all the great reviews I thought it might ends up better - what was I missing? switching it back on. I never gave up but should have.

    It has a great story idea. The opening, particularly once they got to the museum, is very well done. Most of the rest of the book I found incredible repetitive and overwritten. The author uses seven descriptive terms rather than choosing the best. The protagonist often walks around dazed, confused, blasted out of his mind, stoned out of his mind, and did I mention dazed and confused? It is hard to believe that someone this drug- and alcohol-addicted could make it to the age of 27 or 30 able to function in his job and without the people around him noticing. I wanted to send him to rehab.

    There is some good in the book, certainly. Boris is a great character and David Pittu does such a good job with him.

    I feel the book is at least half again as long as it should have been. How many detailed and exhaustive scenes of teenage boys getting blasted, stoned and drunk do we need to convey this part of the narrator's life? It just goes on and on. I wondered if I needed rehab after listening to this.

    1 of 1 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
    (891)
    Performance
    (837)
    Story
    (830)

    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.

    April says: "not enough stars..."
    "Cannot Stop Listening Though Not Her Best"
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    Some reviewers referred to the author rehashing old story lines, but I found it somewhat helpful since the series started - how many years ago? The 'soft porn' that is also frequently referred to was pretty annoying - filler I agree. I have not heard any of the Lord John books outside of this series so it was nice to hear and learn more about him and his side of the family. I liked getting to know William better - but - as another reviewer put it - he really needs to grow up - then he is just gone. The end was exciting though a good deal of that was filler too - obviously not the last book in the series. Three of the story lines just ended so I found that very frustrating.

    Of course I will listen to the next book but I sure hope Diana ties it in a bow and calls it done. I can always go back and revisit my old friends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Philomena: A Mother, Her Son, and a Fifty-Year Search

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Martin Sixsmith
    • Narrated By John Curless
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (451)
    Performance
    (408)
    Story
    (407)

    Now a major motion picture directed by Stephen Frears (The Queen, High Fidelity) and starring Judi Dench (Skyfall, Notes on a Scandal) and Steve Coogan (The Trip, Hamlet 2): the heartbreaking true story of an Irishwoman and the secret she kept for 50 years. When she became pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena Lee was sent to a convent to be looked after as a "fallen woman". Then the nuns took her baby from her and sold him, like thousands of others, to America for adoption. Fifty years later, Philomena decided to find him.

    Julie Wenders says: "Rivetting Story and Performance"
    "Not what I expected"
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    This was more of a bio of Michael Hess than about his birth mother and her search for him. I felt deceived.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The FREE 3-Chapter Sampler of Consequences

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 24 mins)
    • By Aleatha Romig
    • Narrated By Romy Nordlinger
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (109)

    Anthony Rawlings had a plan—to teach Claire Nichols to behave. Claire Nichols had a plan—to survive! In an unfamiliar bedroom within a luxurious mansion, Claire Nichols wakes to memories of a brutal abduction. All of her recollections have one common denominator, the man she just met—Anthony Rawlings. Unbeknownst to Claire, Anthony has had her in his sights for a long time. Every action has consequences—and his actions resulted in their chance meeting. Facing incomprehensible circumstances, Claire must learn to survive as she comes to terms with her new reality—every aspect of her livelihood is now dependent upon the tall, dark-haired, dark-eyed tycoon.

    Lia says: "Thank Goodness The Book Was Free"
    "First 3 Chapters - and no more"
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    First - the narrator is horrible. Second, I don't mind some hot consensual romance and but abuse is over the top. I won't be downloading the rest of this book, nor any of the others.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4487)
    Performance
    (4088)
    Story
    (4080)

    From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

    Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
    "I liked it - but..."
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    I have to first say that Jenna Lamia and Adepero Oduye did a beautiful job narrating this novel. The story was very interesting and has inspired me to read more about Sarah Grimke and her sister. Sue Monk Kid's explanation at the end of the novel was very enlightening and I enjoyed that almost as much as the novel itself.

    Having said all of that, the fictional slave characters Handful and her mother were the most interesting characters in the book; I found myself anxious to get back to their story. Sarah Grimke's part of the story somewhat faded - though I'm not sure why. I think Ms. Kidd was trying to stay true to the real story without moving to many facts around. I'm not a literary scholar so analyzing what happed with the pure fiction and the fictionalized biography would be futile.

    I liked this but didn't love it. The Grimke family has a few interesting historical characters but honestly - the fictional parts are where the author shines. It is worth the credit and I will listen to it again; but I am more inspired to learn more about Sarah.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Me Before You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
    Overall
    (2562)
    Performance
    (2335)
    Story
    (2344)

    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    Bonny says: "Will & Louisa - each has what the other one needs"
    "A Life Worth Living or Not"
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    This was one of those books I read and had to step away from to properly understand how I feel about it. It is very emotional, though I have to reveal am firmly in the camp of people being allowed to make choices of life or death based on the future prognosis.

    There were no surprises, just a well written story about a down on her luck ex-waitress who got a job emotionally caring for a tragic accident victim, and how it plays out. It is well written and narrated. Louisa's inability to get on with her life after an event that was apparently traumatic but not fully disclosed (which is fine - really) was a major peripheral cause and effect theme. Will's golden life was also a parallel theme. Louisa and Will's families are as annoying as most families are but add an interesting element.

    I will listen to this again - very credit worthy. I am not sure why it is categorized as Chick-lit - had I realized that I probably would not have listened - it should be categorized as fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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