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  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6105)
    Performance
    (5292)
    Story
    (5283)

    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

    31 of 34 people found this review helpful
  • The Scottish Prisoner

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Rick Holmes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1238)
    Performance
    (1090)
    Story
    (1094)

    Winner of the Quill Award and the Corine International Book Prize, Diana Gabaldon is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Outlander series. This fourth novel featuring popular character Lord John Grey is told both from Lord Grey’s perspective and from that of Jamie Fraser, the star of the Outlander series.

    Teahouse Fox says: "Lord John 'Quixote' rides again"
    "The Scottish Prisoner"
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    I was so dismayed to hear the narrator for Jamie to give him a lisped high pitched voice. The background (sort of) of gay men was uncomfortable. The story was somewhat confusing. I really had a hard time getting into it, and honestly never did. The story provided a distraction from my rather raucous thoughts. I didn't like this book and plan to return it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Coroner’s Lunch: The Dr. Siri Investigations, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Colin Cotterill
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (507)
    Performance
    (423)
    Story
    (421)

    Laos, 1975: The Communist Pathet Lao has taken over this former French colony. Dr. Siri Paiboun, a 72-year-old Paris-trained doctor, is appointed national coroner. Although he has no training for the job, there is no one else: the rest of the educated class have fled.

    Jane says: "a splendid story"
    "Different and Entertaining"
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    Dr. Siri Paiboun is an entertaining character. I hope I can be half as openly and politely cynical as he is at 72. He has a great cast of characters that are parallel to the mysteries if not in front. I have no idea what life was like in Laos in the '70s but I'm taking the accounts as somewhat accurate.

    This is an entertaining tale, with good mysteries. I will be listening to other books from this collection.

    The only thing I can complain about is the names of the characters. There were quite a few with unfamiliar names, but good thing there is rewind.

    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
    (5202)
    Performance
    (2975)
    Story
    (3015)

    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
    (736)
    Performance
    (636)
    Story
    (638)

    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
    (3520)
    Performance
    (3255)
    Story
    (3251)

    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.

    H James Lucas says: "A well-worn genre enlivened with fresh characters"
    "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
    (564)
    Performance
    (499)
    Story
    (492)

    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 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9460)
    Performance
    (8661)
    Story
    (8674)

    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.

    2 of 2 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
    (3320)
    Performance
    (3111)
    Story
    (3098)

    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.

    G. House Sr. says: "Eloquent Fabulous Historical - Grand Continuation"
    "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
    (540)
    Performance
    (491)
    Story
    (489)

    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.

    Linda says: "Misled by description"
    "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
    (131)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (115)

    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

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