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Mary

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  • Gregor and the Code of Claw: The Underland Chronicles, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (196)

    In this suspenseful final installment in the acclaimed Underland Chronicles, Suzanne Collins unfolds the fate of the Underland and the great warrior, Gregor the Overlander, in a manner that can only be described as masterful.

    Bruce says: "They kissed. They parted. Fantasy meets Reality."
    "Fabulous Series - get them all!"
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    I loved Gregor from the opening of the first book to the closing of the last book. Every scrap and tussle proved that Gregor is a very real boy in a weird world under the city of New York. I wanted the series to go on and on. Keep writing, Suzanne, you are a gifted storyteller.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Lisa Genova
    • Narrated By Lisa Genova
    Overall
    (735)
    Performance
    (398)
    Story
    (407)

    Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At 50 years old, she's a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she begins to grow disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis changes her life - and her relationship with her family and the world - forever.

    Ira says: "Incredibly stimulating and thought-provoking"
    "Powerful!"
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    This book deals with a very sensitive subject in a very sensitive manner. Still Alice follows the progression of Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease in a woman in her fifties. I laughed and wept while listening. It helped me understand my Mother's experience with Alzheimer's Disease and lightened my expectations should I also develop the disease. The book is powerful and poignant and I loved it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By John Boyne
    • Narrated By Michael Maloney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (423)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (221)

    The story of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is very difficult to describe. Usually we give some information about the audiobook, but in this case we think that would spoil the listening. We think it's important that you start to listen without knowing what it is about.

    Jessica says: "Much Better than the Movie"
    "Hauntingly believable"
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    This book touched deep chords within me that abhor the mistreatment of one being by another. The story is poignant, heartbreaking. There is no adequate justice for the wrongs suffered by the Jews, or any other people who have been the victims of a holocaust. This book helped me reconcile my emotions with those of the author. Well done!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • What's Left of Me: The Hybrid Chronicles, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Kat Zhang
    • Narrated By Kim Mai Guest
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    I should not exist. But I do. Eva and Addie started out the same way as everyone else - two souls woven together in one body, taking turns controlling their movements as they learned how to walk, how to sing, how to dance. But as they grew, so did the worried whispers. Why aren't they settling? Why isn't one of them fading? The doctors ran tests, the neighbors shied away, and their parents begged for more time. Finally Addie was pronounced healthy and Eva was declared gone. Except, she wasn't...

    Linda B says: "Well done story!"
    "A believable tale of another possible world."
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    I very much enjoyed listening to What's Left of Me. The character development is strong, the story has many nooks and crannies to explore, and the theme seems real - at what cost the burying of a part of oneself? I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a view of an alternate reality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16604)
    Performance
    (14757)
    Story
    (14801)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "An excellent glimpse into one marriage."
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    The twists and turns in Gone Girl kept me rapt until the very last word was read. I could not predict the story, couldn't guess what the characters would do next. Thrilling and chilling to the end. Excellent listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Elie Wiesel
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2116)
    Performance
    (899)
    Story
    (911)

    Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and the Congressional Gold Medal, Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel offers an unforgettable account of Hitler's horrific reign of terror in Night. This definitive edition features a new translation from the original French by Wiesel's wife and frequent translator, Marion Wiesel.

    Ella says: "This book consumed me"
    "A classic on human resilience and courage..."
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    This book awakened a new reverence for life in me. George Guidall was impeccable in this performance. Every nuance, every emotion was portrayed with sensitivity and resonance. I highly recommend this listen. Elie Wiesel makes the holocaust understandable for one who has always been uncomprehending of the depths to which human beings can sink. His treatment of this part of his life is poignant and believable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26952)
    Performance
    (20802)
    Story
    (21002)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    A User says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "Wow! What a story!"
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    What a story - what a cliffhanger. I didn't know until the last few moments how the story would end. Excellent writing, marvelous narration. Suzanne, please keep writing. And Carolyn, your diction is music to my ears. I'll listen to this one again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18442)
    Performance
    (8334)
    Story
    (8360)

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    David says: "irritatingly engrossing"
    "A thrilling sequel with a fresh story!"
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    I'm not sure what I expected - this is an excellent follow-up to an excellent first part. The plot is complex and rich. The character development is outstanding. Mr. Vance outdid himself with the voices... I could recognize each character just by his voice. Can't wait to listen to the third book... tomorrow's commute, here I come!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23167)
    Performance
    (9800)
    Story
    (9871)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Amazing story and excellent characters!"
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    This story is exciting, gripping, and unexpected in its twists and turns... like riding a roller coaster while wearing a blindfold. I couldn't wait for my commute each day. Excellent performance by Mr. Vance. I highly recommend this listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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