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  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5289)
    Performance
    (4582)
    Story
    (4577)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "OH!!! WOW!!!"
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    I LOVE this book! The title is perfect. Even some ruins are just as beautiful in what they became as how they started out - completely different but beutiful. I???m still crying because???the book ended? the book/end was so well done? because I could have never imagined it would end this way. YES to all.

    This book has so many great elements ??? and the narration of Edoardo Ballerini ??? spot on!! I laughed until I cried (especially the Richard Burton scenes ??? but so many others!), and I cried and didn???t want to stop. I lost a whole weekend because I could not stop listening ??? this is a warning. The only critical thing I can say about it is some parts start at the end and work back, some parts don???t, but in the end it was perfect. Rest assured you end up knowing what you need to know ??? and I would NOT change a thing. DO NOT SKIP THE EPILOG.

    I would buy this again if I had to; thank goodness I can listen to it as many times as I want. Thank you Jess Walter and Audible!

    Jess Walter - I will read anything you write from now on (I say that now...:).

    The best review

    30 of 33 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
    (245)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (215)

    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.

    3 of 4 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
    (99)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (89)

    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.

    karen says: "Wow - I had to get this book on my pr-order list"
    "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
    (2336)
    Performance
    (2128)
    Story
    (2120)

    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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1947)
    Performance
    (1770)
    Story
    (1775)

    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
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5739)
    Performance
    (5188)
    Story
    (5183)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Best Way to See Mississippi..."
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    ...is from an airplane window as you fly over.

    This was not a good Grisham. Everything was predictable. Everything. There were no surprises. The only thing that kept me listening was Ansel's testimony, deposition, whatever it ended up being. The audience was prepared early in the book for something like what was revealed, though even that was a bit of a disappointment.

    I should have listened to a reviewer I follow, and heartily agree with Richard's assessment. It is an interesting story that could have been much better, and not up to Grisham's talent. I wonder if this is one of those novels written for Grisham though I'm surprised he would put his name to it.

    Michael Beck did a good job narrating. I wonder how I can bypass Mississippi... I won't listen to this again, and will probably return it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • And One Last Thing...

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2547)
    Performance
    (1916)
    Story
    (1910)

    Lacey Terwilliger's shock and humiliation over her husband's philandering prompt her to add some bonus material to Mike's company newsletter: stunning Technicolor descriptions of the special brand of "administrative support" his receptionist gives him. The detailed mass e-mail to Mike's family, friends, and clients blows up in her face, and before one can say "instant urban legend", Lacey has become the pariah of her small Kentucky town and a media punch line....

    Amazon Customer says: "For me this was such a HOOT!!!"
    "Team Molly Harper and Amanda Ronconi!!"
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    I have not read a Molly Harper book I didn't get a laugh and cute and absorbing story out of. I need MH and Rhys Bowen to provide entertaining entertainment! This is a very good book that made me laugh, uncomfortable, angry, and content.

    This story about a woman wronged by a selfish husband, and what many wronged women would like to have the ability and chops to do. The email is hilarious, the family dynamics is familiar.

    I have already listened to this again, and will many more times! That's the kind of book it is! Very credit worthy.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5812)
    Performance
    (4184)
    Story
    (4203)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Shannon says: "Word Thief"
    "Feel Alone - What am I missing?"
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    I did not care for this book. It was a different (not completely unique) take on WWII Germany from Germans that did not care for Hitler or the Nazis. It took much too long to engage with the characters, and the story jumped around a lot. Death as the narrator was an interesting slant, but he gave away much of the plot.

    Hans was very sweet and probably the only peripheral character I liked right off; Rosa was course, which the reader finally discovers is a shell to cover for her real personality - much to late in the story. Rudy was incomprehensible; I didn't get him at all, just that he had a very short, life long crush on Liesel. Liesel was empathy invoking, determined, reactive, and reckless. Near the end when she jumped into the marching of Jews from/to a concentration camp she HAD to know the consequences of that action - Max - the Jewish ultimate victim - suffering horribly already - got the added bonus of more suffering, while Liesel got the Nazi standard punishment! I almost quit reading it. I felt empathy for Max, and angry at Liesel - again.

    It is a dark story, told during at dark time in history so I knew how it was going to end - even if Death didn't tell you ahead of time. (honestly - every plot twist and turn the narrator gives away!) I just kept reading to find out when, not what, happens. I agree with one reviewer that compared Allan Corduner's reading of this book to Vincent Price, and I agree. I actually felt like I was listening to the voice in Disney's Haunted House!

    I kept feeling like I was missing something, but ended up most of the time being annoyed. I know I am in a serious minority by not singing any praise for this book. I feel compelled to give it two stars for no other reason than I didn't give up, no - one is enough. I believe I am returning this book and getting my credit back.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 1225 Christmas Tree Lane: Cedar Cove, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Debbie Macomber
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    Overall
    (342)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (297)

    Beth Morehouse expects this Christmas to be one of her best. Her small Christmas-tree farm is prospering, her daughters and her dogs are happy and well, and her new relationship with local vet Ted Reynolds is showing plenty of romantic promise. But... someone recently left a basket filled with puppies on her doorstep, puppies she’s determined to place in good homes. That’s complication number one. And number two is that her daughters Bailey and Sophie have invited their dad, Beth’s ex-husband, Kent, to Cedar Cove for Christmas.

    Anne Roberts says: "Confusing"
    "Very Poor Narration"
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    An example of how poor narration can ruin a mediocre book. I felt like a kindergarten teacher was reading to me. The story was somewhat interesting - only somewhat - but honestly, decent narration could have made it much better. Listen to the sample and rest assured it is a horrible throughout. I won't be listening again, and will probably return.

    Apparently the seemingly random history lessons on the local people was to make up for those who had not read the series, and this book could have been just fine without them.

    I would never subject myself again to this narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Next Always: Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2053)
    Performance
    (1817)
    Story
    (1823)

    The historic hotel in Boonsboro has endured war and peace, the changing of hands, and even rumored hauntings. Now it’s getting a major face-lift from the Montgomery brothers and their eccentric mother. As the architect in the family, Beckett’s social life consists mostly of talking shop over pizza and beer. But there’s another project he’s got his eye on: the girl he’s been waiting to kiss since he was sixteen.

    krista says: "A cozy romance"
    "Liked The Narration"
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    I have looked at this book/series several times before purchasing. I'm glad I did. This book is Beckett and Claire's (along with 3 boys) story. Of course they are all super people, beautiful, and everybody's friend. Pretty standard fair.

    Many of the reviews disliked the narration by MacLeod Andrews, he was too slow or whatever; I liked him. There were times where I could not tell who said what in conversations because his range isn't extensive, but all in all, I liked him.

    I liked the ghost thread that weaves through - I assume - the series. This is NR - and I got the right ending, medium character development, and an enjoyable listen. It was worth the credit, though I think I bought is at one of the Daily Deals, it was definitely worth that.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (2471)
    Performance
    (1315)
    Story
    (1319)

    Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. Through enduring friendships with Hymie and Gideon, Peekay gains the strength he needs to win out. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice.

    Bob says: "Compelling story lifted higher by the narration"
    "I Can't Believe..."
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    I can not believe I never written a review on this book. I listened to this in 2011 and I loved it enough to happily purchase other Bryce Courtney's books. I just recently 'revisited' this wonderful book and have every intention of introducing it to my grandson.

    It is unbelievably cruel - and optimistic, and it is very inspiring. It is fiction and the prelude does say it is Bryce Courtney's 'story' I understand it is every underdog's dream; and fiction. It is still a really good story.

    Every underdog child should read/hear this. It is hopeful in a time of bullying and painful reminders of missteps. (Everything is recorded and replayed!!) It is the ultimate survival story that we all need. Everyone needs to find a passion, an inspiration, and a truth. This book has lived on for many years - first published in 1989 - and has lived in many hearts to this day.

    The message? Do not discount others due to prejudices. Be passionate about something. Do not give up. Do not worry about what others think. Know what you know. Never quit learning - and do not forget to start learning.

    I don't believe my little note will not mean much but I had to submit my opinion. Definitely worth a credit or two.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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