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  • Elephants Can Remember: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    Overall
    (103)
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    (86)
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    (86)

    "The Ravenscrofts didn't seem that kind of person. They seemed well balanced and placid..." And yet, twelve years earlier, the husband had shot the wife, and then himself - or perhaps it was the other way around, since sets of both of their fingerprints were on the gun, and the gun had fallen between them. The case haunts Ariadne Oliver, who had been a friend of the couple. The famous mystery novelist desires this real-life mystery solved, and calls upon Hercule Poirot to help her do so.

    Tracey says: "Can't miss!"
    "Can't miss!"
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    Hugh Fraiser delights as always and you can't miss with Agatha Christie. A delightful escape for a hot summer day.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • One Summer: America, 1927

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1375)
    Performance
    (1244)
    Story
    (1229)

    One of the most admired nonfiction writers of our time retells the story of one truly fabulous year in the life of his native country - a fascinating and gripping narrative featuring such outsized American heroes as Charles Lindbergh, Babe Ruth, and yes Herbert Hoover, and a gallery of criminals (Al Capone), eccentrics (Shipwreck Kelly), and close-mouthed politicians (Calvin Coolidge). It was the year Americans attempted and accomplished outsized things and came of age in a big, brawling manner. What a country. What a summer. And what a writer to bring it all so vividly alive.

    Mark says: "Why 1927?"
    "This book is amazing!"
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    It's amazing to me how interwoven our history is. Bill Bryson makes all that clear in this fun book. His narration is great, perfect for this book. It's such a quick and easy listen. Worth the credit or the price.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Woman in White

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey, Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1054)
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    (856)
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    (857)

    One of the greatest mystery thrillers ever written, Wilkie Collins's The Woman in White was a phenomenal best seller in the 1860s, achieving even greater success than works by Charles Dickens. Full of surprise, intrigue, and suspense, this vastly entertaining novel continues to enthrall audiences today.

    David says: "Gripping novel, excellent production"
    "Engaging"
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    Well, you either love Wilkie Collins or . . . I happen to really like his books and this is my favorite by far. I loved listening to it even though I read the book years ago. This is a real time investment but so worth it. The performances were great, not overdone or overwrought. You'll like it!

    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
    (2440)
    Performance
    (2156)
    Story
    (2147)

    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"
    "I wish I could give it a TEN!"
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    Gritty and realistic, this beautiful tale is narrated masterfully. I can't say enough about this book. I really appreciated some of the reviews that led me to purchase this. I'm not going to give away the story though! I don't want to ruin it. But it is very beautifully narrated by the author and Negahban and Aghdashloo. I was transported to Afghanistan by their haunting voices. They brought the tale to life for me. From the very first words to the last sentence, I was transported to a world at once brutally realistic and yet the author paints the pictures with such beauty that I wanted to stay there longer. You will love this tale and the narration. I wish I could give it a ten!

    0 of 0 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
    (5002)
    Performance
    (4610)
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    (4622)

    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"
    "Captivating"
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    The narration was great -- I love it when authors can narrate their own tales, and Neil Gaiman is a master.
    The story is captivating.
    Definitely worth the credit!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death du Jour: A Temperance Brennan Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Bonnie Hurren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (168)
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    (174)

    Dr. Temperance Brennan, Forensic Anthropologist for the Province of Quebec, digs for a corpse where Sister Elisabeth Nicolet, dead for over a century and now a candidate for sainthood, should be lying in her grave. A strange, small coffin, buried in the recesses of a decaying church, holds the first clue to the cloistered nun's fate. The puzzle surrounding Sister Elisabeth Nicolet's life and death provides a welcome contrast to discoveries at a burning chalet, where scorched and twisted bodies await Tempe's professional expertise.

    RM says: "Disappointing"
    "Too many conicidences!"
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    I really like Kathy Reichs' work but this tale had too many coincidences for me. I liked the premise but I figured it out way too soon!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fever: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Mary Beth Keane
    • Narrated By Candace Thaxton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (343)
    Performance
    (314)
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    (312)

    Mary Mallon was a courageous, headstrong Irish immigrant woman who bravely came to America alone, fought hard to climb up from the lowest rung of the domestic service ladder, and discovered in herself an uncanny, and coveted, talent for cooking. Working in the kitchens of the upper class, she left a trail of disease in her wake, until one enterprising and ruthless "medical engineer" proposed the inconceivable notion of the "asymptomatic carrier" - and from then on Mary Mallon was a hunted woman.

    Margaret says: "Walk a mile in my shoes..."
    "Wow!"
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    Who knew! Not me. I thought this was a great story, outlining the life of a misunderstood woman in American history. Was it her fault? Was it the doctors? Or the rampant filth that lined the streets of New York? A fascinating look at medical practice in early stages of understanding immunity and the way disease is transmitted. Equally fascinating is the story of Mary as told by Keane. Top rate narration, too!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Timothy Keller
    • Narrated By Lloyd James, Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (300)
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    (249)
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    (252)

    Few subjects are as compelling-or as endlessly variable-as love and marriage. The Bible is filled with references to husbands and wives, from the story of Adam and Eve to advice in the New Testament, each open to interpretation. In The Meaning of Marriage, Timothy Keller, pastor of New York's Redeemer Presbyterian Church and bestselling author of The Reason for God, uses the scriptures as his guide to show readers what God's call to marriage is, and why this is such a powerful call.

    Adam Shields says: "Now my most recommended book on marriage"
    "Great for married or singles."
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    This book is a must listen from a great writer/speaker. It's motivational and challenging. I highly recommend to singles and marrieds of any age.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Therese Anne Fowler
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (430)
    Performance
    (383)
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    (383)

    Picture a late-May morning in 1918, a time when Montgomery wore her prettiest spring dress and finest floral perfume - same as I would wear that evening.... Thus begins the story of beautiful, reckless, 17-year-old Zelda Sayre on the day she meets Lieutenant Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald at a country club dance. Fitzgerald isn’t rich or settled; no one knows his people; and he wants, of all things, to be a writer in New York. No matter how wildly in love they may be, Zelda’s father firmly opposes the match....

    L.W. says: "Great! From the first page to the last....."
    "Loved it! Loved the performance!"
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    Jenna Lamia is a wonderful narrator and she was just perfect as Zelda Fitzgerald. The story is fascinating. A beautiful portrait of a misunderstood woman and her fragile marriage to F. Scott Fitzgerald. Jazz age Paris is portrayed in all it's crazy glamour. I think this will appeal to all who give it a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Jake Gyllenhaal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3308)
    Performance
    (3028)
    Story
    (3052)

    F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel of the Roaring Twenties is beloved by generations of readers and stands as his crowning work. This new audio edition, authorized by the Fitzgerald estate, is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain). Gyllenhaal's performance is a faithful delivery in the voice of Nick Carraway, the Midwesterner turned New York bond salesman, who rents a small house next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby....

    Darwin8u says: "Simple, Beautiful, and Exquisitely Textured"
    "Jake Gyllenhaal is great!"
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    Love this timeless classic but what I really loved was Gyllenhaal's performance! Well worth the listen!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5087)
    Performance
    (4299)
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    (4312)

    Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

    Tim says: "Brilliant Sequel"
    "Love the first book, this one not so much"
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    So much explicit sex it was hard to find the story. The narration was hard to listen to and the story was predictable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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