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Bj

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  • 31 reviews
  • 57 ratings
  • 130 titles in library
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  • The Longest Ride

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1450)
    Performance
    (1253)
    Story
    (1271)

    91 year-old Ira Levinson is kept concious after a car wreck by visions of his late wife, Ruth, who recounts stories of their lifetime together. A few miles away, at a local rodeo, Sophia Danko, a senior at Wake Forest, meets a young cowboy named Luke. Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. Two couples who have little in common. Yet their lives will converge with unexpected poignancy, reminding us all that even the most difficult decisions can yield extraordinary journeys: beyond despair, beyond death, to the farthest reaches of the human heart.

    Kenneth says: "All Time Best!!!"
    "Fantastic story"
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    This was such a great listen...it started a bit slow for me...but I was soon taken in by Ira. And then Ruth, and then their relationship. I LOVED this story. It brought out emotions in me that were different than other books...I think its because of the relationships....what a great turn of events... the narration of Ira and Ruths voices were so convincing to me. I loved how they were projected....it could be a very good movie.....

    I highly recommend this book to others....

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Code Name Verity

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Wein
    • Narrated By Morven Christie, Lucy Gaskell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2207)
    Performance
    (1979)
    Story
    (1979)

    Code Name Verity is a compelling, emotionally rich story with universal themes of friendship and loyalty, heroism and bravery. Two young women from totally different backgrounds are thrown together during World War II: one a working-class girl from Manchester, the other a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a wireless operator. Yet whenever their paths cross, they complement each other perfectly and before long become devoted friends. But then a vital mission goes wrong....

    Suzn F says: "Haunting, Beautiful, Exquisite, Special Book"
    "A really good listen..."
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    This is a really good book....well worth the $$ or credit....not wanting to give away anything.....as many others have said- the twists & turns will keep you engaged...yes- a bit slow at first as others have said and I didnt ding the story for that - but I think it needs to be this way so that it comes together as well as it does....the narrators were top notch...they made this audio version what it is...I plan to listen again for sure....as I know I missed things thru out the story....and I know that listening again I will enjoy it once more with a new perspective.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Man Called Ove

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Fredrik Backman
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (98)

    Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "Thoughtful and meaningful novel / an unusual novel"
    "Worth the listen!"
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    I have to admit that I struggled at first with this book. I found myself wandering while listening.....I found myself getting annoyed in the beginning at Ove's cantakerous personality...it kept getting old for me....but I stuck with the book and learned to really like Ove. I am going to listen to this book again ,as Im sure I missed little details that may have made it easier in the beginning. I also struggled with the narrators announcement of every single chapter......About 1/2 way thru, I was bought into the story and found many details very very funny, sad, thoughtful and provoking. If you are looking for an innocent book, one that may capture your heart with its characters- listen to this book. That's what made it for me.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Laura Lane McNeal
    • Narrated By January Lavoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (358)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (323)

    When Ibby Bell's father dies unexpectedly in the summer of 1964, her mother unceremoniously deposits Ibby with her eccentric grandmother Fannie and throws in her father's urn for good measure. Fannie's New Orleans house is like no place Ibby has ever been - and Fannie, who has a tendency to end up in the local asylum - is like no one she has ever met. Fortunately, Fannie's black cook, Queenie, and her smart-mouthed daughter, Dollbaby, take it upon themselves to initiate Ibby into the ways of the South both its grand traditions and its darkest secrets.

    Sudi says: "Tale of Old-New Orleans Well Paced"
    "A really good listen"
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    I really enjoyed this book...I was unsure at first...but before I realized it...I was drawn into the characters. A really good job with the narration...and the plot had its twists and turns that kept you wanting to listen even more. It was a sweet story in many ways...one of love, loyalty and "family". Highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Antonia

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Willa Cather
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings, Ken Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (609)
    Performance
    (391)
    Story
    (404)

    Through Jim Burden's endearing, smitten voice, we revisit the remarkable vicissitudes of immigrant life in the Nebraska heartland, with all its insistent bonds. Guiding the way are some of literature's most beguiling characters: the Russian brothers plagued by memories of a fateful sleigh ride, Antonia's desperately homesick father and self-indulgent mother, and the coy Lena Lingard. Holding the pastoral society's heart, of course, is the bewitching, free-spirited Antonia.

    Tammy says: "Enthralling!!"
    "Good book"
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    This was a good book....a 3-4 star for me, which isnt a bad thing. It is a very nice story about innocence. And after some books I had listened to , I was ready for a book like this. The narration was excellent... It was sweet, honest, and reminded me of my own childhood in a way. For a good listen on the simple things in life, this is a book to appreciate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Until Tuesday

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Luis Carlos Montalvan
    • Narrated By Luis Carlos Montalvan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (836)
    Performance
    (662)
    Story
    (667)

    A highly decorated captain in the U.S. Army, Luis Montalvan never backed down from a challenge during his two tours of duty in Iraq. After returning home, however, the pressures of his physical wounds, traumatic brain injury, and post-traumatic stress disorder began to take their toll. In constant physical pain, he soon found himself unable to climb a simple flight of stairs or face a bus ride to the VA hospital. He drank; he argued; he cut himself off from those he loved. Then Luis met Tuesday, a beautiful and sensitive golden retriever....

    Char says: "Very Good Book"
    "Perserverance"
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    I enjoyed this book very much. It started a bit slow for me....but took no time to really see where it was going. The author did a fantastic job of telling his story...and that of Tuesday. I have had many dogs and 3 which are goldens and understood Tuesday's pain, loyalty, and dedication. Luis went thru hell and back and persevered. I admire his grit....It also re-opened my eyes to the fragility of what war is and what it is not....I liked Luis's honesty about the war and its effect on our soldiers and the lack of compassion that can exist in our society. It certainly made me look at things differently, and I don't think I would have without reading this book. It will stay with me for a very long time. A beautiful story and well worth the read/listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pecan Man

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Cassie Dandridge Selleck
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (64)

    In the summer of 1976, recently widowed and childless, Ora Lee Beckworth hires a homeless old black man to mow her lawn. The neighborhood children call him the Pee-can Man; their mothers call them inside whenever he appears. When the police chief's son is found stabbed to death near his camp, the man Ora knows as Eddie is arrested and charged with murder. Twenty-five years later, Ora sets out to tell the truth about the Pecan Man.

    Delah says: "LOVED IT! Great story. Great narrator."
    "Sweet"
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    I loved this story. It was such a sweet story and so well done. I found this book by accident and Im so glad I did. I loved every character. I got angry at the mother for her decision to turn a blind eye to her daughters pain....it felt selfish to me....but given the period of time this took place, I also understood. The story was written well, a great plot, narrated excellent....and kept me listening for hours. I highly recommend. This is one to put on my list of books to listen to again in the future.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Homesman: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Glendon Swarthout
    • Narrated By Candace Thaxton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (155)

    Soon to be a major motion picture directed by Tommy Lee Jones, The Homesman is a devastating story of early pioneers in 1850s American West. It celebrates the ones we hear nothing of: the brave women whose hearts and minds were broken by a life of bitter hardship. A "homesman" must be found to escort a handful of them back East to a sanitarium. When none of the county’s men steps up, the job falls to Mary Bee Cuddy - ex-teacher, spinster, indomitable and resourceful.

    C. Oneal says: "Great story but the end was a huge diappointment"
    "A treat !"
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    I really liked this book. I wish I had bought it sooner...I totally enjoyed it. I laughed, gasped, and hoped thru out the entire book. I WILL see the movie...and hope it was done well. The only thing that drove me crazy...and this is just me- was how the narrator read urgency to every single sentence....sometimes words grouped together and others the whole sentence....the story just didnt need it....Now in parts of the book...it lent itself well to listening to a section read that way....but the whole book? Nevertheless, I highly recommend the book...it was a great story. Someone mentioned the ending being a disappointment...it wasnt for me...at all. I can totally see Tommy Lee Jones playing Briggs. The other thing that I kept thinking about was the insanity of the women....and what drove them there and how fragile the human mind can be....I will listen to this book again for sure....even with the urgency in the narration. A really good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (351)
    Performance
    (313)
    Story
    (313)

    No Ordinary Time describes how the isolationist and divided United States of 1940 was unified under the extraordinary leadership of Franklin Roosevelt to become the preeminent economic and military power in the world.

    BB says: "A rich and entertaining history"
    "Very good book"
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    I enjoyed this book a lot. I love DKG. I think this book is everything that it states it is....the only thing that really took away from the book for me was the narrator. This was such a great book with so much history in it....but I kept feeling like the narrator was reading Goldilocks and the Three Bears. It was so hard at times to tolerate. So, aside from that- I liked the insight into Eleanor- I read a book of her many years ago and enjoyed it and this really added a different perspective to her life and her influence. I also really enjoyed learning more about Roosevelt and Churchill and the comings and goings of the White House in that era. All I can say is wow.

    This is a very long listen. I listened on my commute to/from work. By the end I was ready to move on, more to the fact that it took a month of commuting to make my way thru.....If you are interested in that era of our time - for sure this is a great book to listen to- because as the title states- without a doubt, it was No Ordinary Time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leaving Time

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Abigail Revasch, Kathe Mazur, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2800)
    Performance
    (2497)
    Story
    (2493)

    Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice's old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts. Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest.

    Jan says: "Pickiest Reader Would Be Willing to Give 6 Stars"
    "First Jodi Picoult book"
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    Im not sure where to begin with this review other than to say - wow. My first JP book. Ive read a LOT of the reviews on this book...being my fiirst book of hers I have none of her previous books to compare to. This was a very good book. Im not going to give any spoilers here- I really liked Serenity & Virgil. The narrator for Alice was very difficult for me to listen to....very difficult. Personal preference I guess....I did read that many others felt the same way- yet others loved the narration. One reviewer described it as someone narrating as if they were on medication...and that pretty much describes it for me too. However, now with some insight about Alice- I see what the narrator may have been trying to achieve. So, why not 5 stars? a) Alice's narrator, b) the twist at the end came so abrubtly and I wonder if it was just too quick....and c) I wondered if a bit more could have been written to end out the book...just a bit....Others have written similar comments- but honestly, I am going to need to listen again. :-) Aside from that, this is a very good book and I do recommend it highly.

    I always find stories that deal with hardship and cruelty to children and animals extremely difficult to bare. JP did a ton of research on elephants for this book and I really enjoyed learning more of the elephant world. However, it was/is so disturbing for me to hear of the cruelty that continues to exist for these gentle giants and animals overall. But- I think that is JP's point. Awareness. A lot of people felt there was too much detail on elephants and I didnt.....I think I can see why she developed the whole story line the way she did.

    This is a really good book...with lots of twists and turns and comes together very well. No spoiler here either....I highly recommend and I will read more of her books. And I will more than likely put this one on my list to listen to a second time!

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

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (9857)
    Performance
    (7852)
    Story
    (7889)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Amazon Customer says: "Word Thief"
    "One not to miss....."
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    This book was such a great story...I love when I finish a book and I wonder if it will be a movie. This book was one....not knowing that it was! I will seek out the movie reviews. The details and complexitys in this book are what makes it so great....It made me feel the full gamut of emotions. Sometimes I did have to rewind to understand a word due to the dialect.....but minor stuff. I do have to admit that at the very beginning I was struggling with the story line and was unsure if I would continue....am I glad I did. I got angry with the mother quite a few times- she seemed so "hard".....but then others not so and I did grow to like her. All in all I loved all the characters.....!

    There was so much to this entire story- the characters, the war- love, hate, triumph. I do have to say though that it left me needing to give a rest to stories about the holocaust, and the history on our various wars.....I typically love non fiction and have grown to really like a good fiction book interwoven with true detail.....This book is one to not miss.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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