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Harriet

Kill Devil Hills, NC, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • 36 reviews
  • 40 ratings
  • 105 titles in library
  • 46 purchased in 2014
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  • The Midwife's Confession

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Diane Chamberlain
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe, Cassandra Campbell, Abby Craden, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (201)

    Dear Anna, What I have to tell you is difficult to write, but I know it will be far more difficult for you to hear, and I'm so sorry. The unfinished letter is the only clue Tara and Emerson have to the reason behind their close friend Noelle's suicide. Everything they knew about Noelle - her calling as a midwife, her passion for causes, her love for her friends and family - described a woman who embraced life. Yet there was so much they didn't know. With the discovery of the letter and its heartbreaking secret, Noelle's friends begin to uncover the truth about this complex woman who touched each of their lives.

    Kathryn says: "Such a Soap Opera"
    "Interesting concept of a rarely visited subject"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Diane Chamberlain and/or the narrators?

    yes


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I wish the baby's grave had been found to give closure to the mother.
    I didn't really like or dislike Noel. Perhaps more stories about her mid wifery would have helped.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was an easy and interesting read. It was a little predictable but worth listening to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Salty Piece of Land

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jimmy Buffett
    • Narrated By John David Souther
    Overall
    (324)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (84)

    If Tully Mars had known what he was getting himself into when he agreed to help find the lost lens belonging to the lighthouse on Cayo Loco, well, he might never have agreed to help in the first place. Then again, maybe he simply would have taken a slightly longer nap before setting off on his wild adventure. And it isn't just Tully, whom Buffett fans will remember well from Jimmy's best-selling Tales from Margaritaville, on the madcap quest.

    Sean says: "ParrotHead Reading"
    "Boring and a waste of time."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story was bad and the reader was awful. Jimmy needs to stick with writing songs and let a real author write books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The First Phone Call from Heaven: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Mitch Albom
    • Narrated By Mitch Albom
    Overall
    (455)
    Performance
    (403)
    Story
    (409)

    The First Phone Call from Heaven tells the story of a small town on Lake Michigan that gets worldwide attention when its citizens start receiving phone calls from the afterlife. Is it the greatest miracle ever or a massive hoax? Sully Harding, a grief-stricken single father, is determined to find out. An allegory about the power of belief - and a page-turner that will touch your soul - Albom's masterful storytelling has never been so moving and unexpected.

    Marci says: "Every Character is Great"
    "A refreshing idea for a plot."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I liked the book. Very easy read but left you with something to think about. Uplifting and gives you hope.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Rhinos: My Battle to Save One of the World's Greatest Creatures

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (62)

    When Lawrence Anthony learned that the northern white rhino, living in the war-ravaged Congo, was on the very brink of extinction, he knew he had to act. If the world lost the sub-species, it would be the largest land mammal since the woolly mammoth to go extinct. In The Last Rhinos, Anthony recounts his attempts to save these remarkable animals. The demand for rhino horns in the Far East has turned poaching into a dangerous black market that threatens the lives of not just these rare beasts, but also the rangers who protect them.

    matthew says: "A mediocre adventure"
    "Too depressing to finish."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really liked his other book "The Elephant Whisper". This one depressed me so much for the first few chapters, that I didn't want to finish it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mission Flats

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (77)

    When a Boston DA is found brutally murdered in a lakeside cabin in rural Maine, local Police Chief Ben Truman finds himself defending his own innocence while trying to uncover the truth about the murder.

    Marc says: "Amazing first novel!"
    "Took a LONG time to get to the surprise ending."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story was a good one but the author spent too much of the book telling stories that didn't matter to the plot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6481)
    Performance
    (5768)
    Story
    (5763)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des RĂªves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Reminded me of the Hunger Games"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was a very unusual book. The author did a great job of describing everything so that I could see it in my head. I felt it took too long to get to the meat of the book. I was confused for the first half because I couldn't decide whom was supposed to be the main characters.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Prince of Tides

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (2139)
    Performance
    (1307)
    Story
    (1310)

    Spanning 40 years, this is the story of turbulent Tom Wingo, his gifted and troubled twin sister Savannah, and their struggle to triumph over the dark and tragic legacy of the extraordinary family into which they were born.

    Ella says: "A "Prince" amongst novels"
    "Great story with many different facets"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book was a little wordy but stick with it. The story is absolutely worth it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nineteen Minutes

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Carol Monda
    Overall
    (2256)
    Performance
    (875)
    Story
    (891)

    Jodi Picoult delivers the riveting tale of one small town's entanglement with high-school violence.

    New York Superior Court Judge Alex Cormier is assigned to preside over the case of the alleged Sterling High School shooter. Lawyer Jordan McAffee represents Peter, the boy who, on the day of the shooting, was found in the corner of the gymnasium holding a gun to his head with a shaky hand. Detective Patrick DuCharme has one star witness, but her story keeps changing. And then there's the biggest problem of all: the star witness happens to be Judge Cormier's daughter.

    Suze says: "Mesmerizing"
    "Not her best work"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was an okay story but didn't keep me on the edge of my seat like other books by Picoult
    I empathized with Peter.
    The ending had a surprise for the reader.
    Josey was such a whiner! She drove me crazy! And her mother encouraged that behavior.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Piper Kerman
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3099)
    Performance
    (2818)
    Story
    (2840)

    With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

    Mark says: "My favorite book of the year, so far"
    "A Total Waste of Time"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was a very boring book with no plot. I guess you can call it Piper's diary.
    I had heard that the series was good so I bought the book. This is definitely one time where the book was not better than the series. This was grueling.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Afterparty

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Daryl Gregory
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (144)

    It begins in Toronto, in the years after the smart drug revolution. Any high school student with a chemjet and internet connection can download recipes and print drugs, or invent them. A seventeen-year-old street girl finds God through a new brain-altering drug called Numinous, used as a sacrament by a new Church that preys on the underclass. But she is arrested and put into detention, and without the drug, commits suicide. Lyda Rose, another patient in that detention facility, has a dark secret: She was one of the original scientists who developed the drug.

    Ryan says: "Smart, witty altered-consciousness thriller"
    "Stupid"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I tried to read this but got sick of the lesbian scenes. If the description had mentioned that I would have never purchased the book.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4874)
    Performance
    (4562)
    Story
    (4571)

    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Joyce says: "Love this style of King!!!"
    "Too predictable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This story has been done before. Typical serial killer caused by sexual abuse.
    For the most part the reader did fine but I would have rather had the female parts be read by a female reader. Men don't understand female emotions & sometimes it felt condescending.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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