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  • The History of Us

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Leah Stewart
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    Eloise Hempel is on her way to teach a class at Harvard when she receives devastating news. Her sister and her husband have been killed in a tragic accident, and Eloise must return home to Cincinnati to take her sister's three children, Theodora, Josh, and Claire, out of the hands of her own incapable mother. Nearly two decades later, Eloise is still in that house, still thinking about what she left behind. With Claire leaving for New York City for a promising ballet career, Eloise has plans to finally embark on a life that's hers.

    Debbie says: "Disappointing"
    "Sounded more interesting that was"
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    This book took a long time to get to the story. I never fell in love or hate of any of the characters. The store is about the relationship between family members with each other and there house. I had a hard time buying the whole scenario.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Havana Nocturne: How the Mob Owned Cuba...and Then Lost It to the Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By T. J. English
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (466)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (177)

    Havana Nocturne takes listeners back to Cuba in the years when it was a veritable devil's playground for mob leaders Meyer Lansky and Charles "Lucky" Luciano. Thanks to strong ties with the island's brutal dictator, President Batista, the mob soon owned the biggest luxury hotels and casinos and launched an unprecedented tourist boom. But their dreams collided with those of Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, and others.

    Paul Abbott says: "Not for reactionaries"
    "history book"
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    It read like a history book. I felt like I was back in High School. Falling asleep in history class. I never finished it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Standing in the Rainbow

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Fannie Flagg
    • Narrated By Fannie Flagg
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    Once again, Fannie Flagg gives us a story of richly human characters, the saving graces of the once-maligned middle classes and small-town life, and the daily contest between laughter and tears. Fannie truly writes from the heartland, and her storytelling is, to quote Time, "utterly irresistible."

    Fran says: "Standing in the Rainbow"
    "Boring"
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    I have liked all the Fannie Flag I've read but this one had no real store. It was a narrative of many boring lives in middle america staring in the 50's and going to much more recent times. I was glad to hear it end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Jonas

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Stephen Dau
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Jonas is 15 when his family is killed during an errant U.S. military operation in an unnamed Muslim country. With the help of an international relief organization, he is sent to America, where he struggles to assimilate-foster family, school, a first love. Eventually, he tells a court-mandated counselor and therapist about a U.S. soldier, Christopher Henderson, responsible for saving his life on the tragic night in question.

    Kathy says: "Hard to summarize"
    "thought provoking"
    Overall
    Performance
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    The story sometimes got slow. But the ending made it all worth while. I read it for book club. It was good for that

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • War Brides

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Helen Bryan
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (233)

    As war moves ever closer, the sleepy English village of Crowmarsh Priors settles into a new sort of normal: Evacuees from London are billeted in local homes. The nightly German air raids become grimly mundane. Rationing curtails every comfort. Men leave to fight and die. And five women forge a bond of friendship that will change their lives forever in this engrossing novel of loyalty, loss, and love in the shadow of World War II.With the hardships of war intensifying every day, the women band together to defeat formidable enemies and find remarkable strength within themselves to help one another. It is a war-forged loyalty certain to endure years and distance. When four of the women return for a celebration fifty years later, their mission is not simply to commemorate or remember. They’ve returned to confront a traitor whose actions cost countless lives — and to avenge one of their own at last.

    Sara says: "Ruined by Narration"
    "ok book"
    Overall
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    I enjoyed listening and wanted to know what the characters would do next but it didn't suck me in. I had no problem waiting till tomorrow to hear more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Robin Sloan
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2525)
    Performance
    (2272)
    Story
    (2257)

    The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone - and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything....

    Susan says: "Fun, thought-provoking, mysterious.... and FUN !"
    "fun, fun, fun"
    Overall
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    A little magical. I little misterious. Creative story. Interesting characters. Good reader fun book!

    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
    (3131)
    Performance
    (2848)
    Story
    (2860)

    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.

    Michael says: "Who or What defines Quality of Life?"
    "facinated right away, wonderful reader"
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    I've enjoyed this one right from the begining. The readers voice drew me in. Some books get to wordy for listening but this story flowes well and is very hard to put down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jennifer Haigh
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (108)

    It is the spring of 2002, and a perfect storm has hit Boston. Across the city's archdiocese, trusted priests have been accused of the worst possible betrayal of the souls in their care. In Faith, Jennifer Haigh explores the fallout for one devout family, the McGanns. Estranged for years from her difficult and demanding relatives, Sheila McGann has remained close to her older brother, Art, the popular, dynamic pastor of a large suburban parish. When Art finds himself at the center of the maelstrom, Sheila returns to Boston, ready to fight for him and his reputation.

    Monica says: "Stick with it, especially if you've been Catholic"
    "Dificult subject"
    Overall
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    This is a very horrible subject. I never would have read this book if it weren't for book club. However I did find it an engrossing story. The reader is fabulous! The book puts a new perspective on a despicable subject. It teaches me once again there are always more than one way to look at anything.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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