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Barbara

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  • The Memory of Earth: Homecoming, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (928)
    Performance
    (426)
    Story
    (431)

    High above the planet Harmony, the Oversoul watches. Its task, programmed so many millennia ago, is to guard the human settlement on this planet, to protect this fragile remnant of Earth from all threats...to protect them, most of all, from themselves.

    Casey says: "Interesting Premise"
    "Interesting Story"
    Overall

    Though an interesting story, The Memory of Earth didn't live up to my expectations. A good cautionary tale with an interesting viewpoint of future society.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kite Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini
    Overall
    (6596)
    Performance
    (1910)
    Story
    (1931)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Never before has an author’s narration of his fiction been so important to fully grasping the book’s impact and global implications. Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them.

    Joseph says: "A storyteller's story"
    "Absorbing"
    Overall

    The Kite Runner shows the reader the life of an Afganny boy of privileged. His triumphs, his failures, his all too human pettiness. When war changes the politics of his land and the pivileged lose their wealth and power, we see him grow into manhood as he watches his father cope with poverty in the same dignified way he handled prosperity. It's a familiar story of spiritual growth that, at the same time, teaches the reader about an unfamiliar country in turmoil on a very human level. Highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Body of Lies

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Iris Johansen
    • Narrated By Cherry Jones
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan matches wits with a killer who challenges her skill, tests her courage, and threatens her family. From Iris Johansen, best selling author of The Search, comes this fast-paced and terrifying psychological thriller that pushes the level of suspense to the absolute limit - and beyond.

    Mario says: "No lie, it is a stinko-PU"
    "Okay story"
    Overall

    I love the romance genre, yet I was disappointed "Body of Lies" read more like a romance than the mystery I expected.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Atossa Leoni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5095)
    Performance
    (1329)
    Story
    (1330)

    Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

    David says: "Somber but gripping"
    "An eye opener"
    Overall

    Though not as absorbing as the Kite Flyer, A Thousand Splendid Suns provides an eye opening description for the non-Muslim of the Muslim woman's daily life and how the ordinary Muslim deals with the changing politics of their war torn country. Once again, proof that the human species is much the same across the board when it comes to survival.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Accidental Tourist

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Anne Tyler
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Macon Leary is a travel writer who hates both travel and anything out of the ordinary. He is grounded by loneliness and an unwillingness to compromise his creature comforts when he meets Muriel, a deliciously peculiar dog-obedience trainer who up-ends Macon's insular world and thrusts him headlong into a remarkable engagement with life.

    Carl Smith says: "Listened to it twice"
    "as good as the movie"
    Overall

    Ever since seeing the movie "The Accidental Tourist," I've wanted to read the book. I wanted to know more about the quirky characters and I certainly learned more about them. Seldom does a movie live up to the book it's based on. This one did. But you'll learn much more in the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lean Mean Thirteen

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1404)
    Performance
    (452)
    Story
    (447)

    From coast to coast and around the world, Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum novels continue to make best-selling history each summer. In the 13th book in the series, the stakes are raised even higher as Stephanie Plum finds herself in her most dangerous, hilarious, hottest, chase yet.

    Kelly says: "Same flavor, different package"
    "Another Winner"
    Overall

    I don't think Janet Evonovich could write a bad book if she tried. Lean Mean Thirteen takes the reader on yet another high energy ride with Stephanie and the love triangle keeps getting more complicated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kill the Messenger

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (636)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (119)

    At the end of a long day battling street traffic, bike messenger Jace Damon has one last drop to make. But en route to delivering a package for one of L.A.'s sleaziest defense attorneys, he's nearly run down by a car, chased through back alleys, and shot at. Only the instincts acquired while growing up on the streets of L.A. allow him to escape with his life, and with the package someone wants badly enough to kill for.

    Bethany says: "An entertaining read"
    "Absorbing"
    Overall

    The twists and turns will keep you turning the pages. The characters will pull you into their imperfect lives and make you care about their struggles to keep alive. Great read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ice Storm

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Anne Stuart
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (67)

    The powerful head of the covert mercenary organization The Committee, Isobel Lambert is a sleek, sophisticated professional who comes into contact with some of the most dangerous people in the world. But beneath Isobel's cool exterior a ghost exists, haunting her with memories of another life...a life that ended long ago.

    Kelley says: "Icy Hot"
    "Riveting"
    Overall

    Anne Stuart is a master at taking characters society labels as beyond redemption and making you care for and be attracted to them. Ice Storm is totally absorbing.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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