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Bj

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  • 21 reviews
  • 47 ratings
  • 102 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
    (1137)
    Performance
    (1005)
    Story
    (1021)

    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....

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jennifer Worth
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1516)
    Performance
    (1362)
    Story
    (1375)

    At the age of 22, Jennifer Worth left her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in postwar London’s East End slums. The colorful characters she met while delivering babies all over London - from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lived to the woman with 24 children who couldn't speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city’s seedier side - illuminate a fascinating time in history.

    Kathy says: "This is one I didn't want to put down!"
    "Good listen but..."
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    the line got old for me in quite a few parts. At times it was hard to listen to due to the nature of the story.....it was a good listen for sure, and very good narration, but I wouldnt listen again. Some parts were funny...and others- not so much. What a life for everyone- a very hard life. I was impressed by the tenacity shown to get up and do it all over again the next day....For someone wanting to understand the life of the midwife and all the behind the scenes rhetoric that can go on, its a good story to listen to. Just personally for me- just too much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Town Like Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Robin Bailey
    Overall
    (1590)
    Performance
    (1037)
    Story
    (1044)

    Wanting to repay a wartime debt to the Malays, Jean Paget returns. There she hears a story which leads her to Australia.

    Amazon Customer says: "Better still in Audio form"
    "An excellent story..."
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    I loved this story....it had a fantastic story line and the narration was excellent....Id listen again for sure....highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1456)
    Performance
    (1333)
    Story
    (1346)

    >When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

    Tango says: "Beautiful story, beautifully written"
    "Loved this story...."
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    I loved this story...what a performance by the narrator. I love elephants and this book intrigued me. I certainly was not disappointed. I admire the work done for these creatures, and admire the elephants as well. Highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 600 Hours of Edward

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Craig Lancaster
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (921)
    Performance
    (846)
    Story
    (847)

    A 39-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder, Edward Stanton lives alone on a rigid schedule in the Montana town where he grew up. His carefully constructed routine includes tracking his most common waking time (7:38 a.m.), refusing to start his therapy sessions even a minute before the appointed hour (10:00 a.m.), and watching one episode of the 1960s cop show Dragnet each night (10:00 p.m.). But when a single mother and her nine-year-old son move in across the street, Edward’s timetable comes undone....

    Lulu says: "A Very Good Book with a Very Difficult Hero"
    "A nice surprise!"
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    I LOVED THIS BOOK. Like many others who just loved Edward- so did I. A great listen...so much that when it ended, I was so sad....so I went and immediately bought Edward Adrift.....! Im 2/3 way thru and not disappointed in the least....I would listen to both again. It was funny,moving, and sad at times. I loved Edwards simplicity & genius at the same time- such an escape for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Woodcutter

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Reginald Hill
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1180)
    Performance
    (877)
    Story
    (871)

    Wolf Hadda's life was a fairytale - successful businessman and adored husband. But a knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later Wolf begins to talk to the prison psychiatrist and receives parole to return home. But there's a mysterious period in Wolf's past when he was known as the Woodcutter. Now the Woodcutter is back, looking for truth and revenge...

    Diana says: "One of my favorite Reginald Hill books!"
    "A good listen"
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    This was a really good listen...I was taken back at first by the accent and could not understand what was said many times due to the dialect...but the story itself was very good....I liked the narrator, and his engagement- I just found the accent to be difficult to understand at times....but due to the narrators engagement, I found it to be a very good listen and I would certainly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unremarkable Heart and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Shannon Cochran
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (236)

    Collected in one volume-and on audio-for the first time, The Unremarkable Heart and Other Stories features bestselling author Karin Slaughter at her best: dark, provocative explorations of love, death, and the secrets we keep. This exclusive audiobook contains the previously published tales The Unremarkable Heart, The Blessing of Brokenness, Necessary Women, The Mean Time, Cold Cold Heart, and the never-before-seen story The Truth About Pretty Girls.

    Amazon Customer says: "Horrible!"
    "Dark"
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    I bought this for a change of pace....something different. It got very good reviews and I usually find them accurate based on my preferences. This book/stories were just too dark for my taste...the narrator was good I thought and did a good job with each....but the subject matter on each was just too dark for me....I almost turned it off a few times, but stuck with it because I knew it was going somewhere....but in the end, in each story, I just felt like....yuck/really??/ lets move on. I just cant recommend it at all....

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Susannah Cahalan
    • Narrated By Heather Henderson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1244)
    Performance
    (1118)
    Story
    (1124)

    In 2009, Susannah Cahalan woke up in a strange hospital room strapped to a bed, under guard, and unable to move or speak. Her medical records - from a month-long hospital stay of which she had no memory - reported psychosis, violence, and dangerous instability. Yet, only weeks earlier she had been a healthy, ambitious twenty-four-year-old, six months into her first serious relationship and a sparkling career as a cub reporter

    Eric Schurr says: "Very scary, real story, superbly written and rea"
    "Informative but difficult "listen""
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    I learned a lot about the brain from this book....and in that vein it was a good book to listen to. However, I struggled to stay with it...over and over. The woman who was dealt the horrible blow of this condition to her brain went thru hell. It was difficult to listen to it over and over again. Not only did she endure the horrible siutation but her loved ones did as well. I just had a hard time staying with the story as it was a bit on the depressing side. If you are interested in how our brains function or why they dont function.....and the myriads of other things that occur in our brains than this is a great book to listen to that would not be over the average persons head. Im glad she came thru that hell (obviously- as she wrote the book), and to be able to share this detail with others who could be or know someone that has issues related to the brain. The narrator did a good job overall......so no real feedback from that perspective. Personally, I struggled staying with the story.....and was relieved when I finished.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Watchers

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By J. Charles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1929)
    Performance
    (1181)
    Story
    (1196)

    From a top-secret government laboratory come two genetically altered life forms. One is a magnificent dog of astonishing intelligence. The other, a hybrid monster of a brutally violent nature. And both are on the loose....

    Katie says: "Great book; so-so narrator"
    "A Very good story...."
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    This is the first book by Dean Koontz that I have read....Ive heard of his great stories and this one did not disappoint. The narrator though was a tough swallow....I almost stopped listening in the beginning multiple times, but because I knew the authors reputation I stuck with it...Im glad I did....but I will probably not listen to another book narrated by him. His voice just did not fit the characters for me.....but it was a great story...Ive owned 3 Goldens and this one pulled @ my heart strings hard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3907)
    Performance
    (3478)
    Story
    (3497)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "Another good take on Lincoln"
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    This was a really good take on Lincolns story. Ive read Team of Rivals and this book provided another really good read on Lincoln. It took me quite a while to get used to Bill OReillys style. He stuck true to form for his style of commentary. I wasn't sure that I liked it at first and Im still not. But he wrote a really really good book. I think if going into it I knew that it was totally "Bill OReilly" style.....fast - just as he speaks on camera, it may not have taken so long to get used to his form of reading. I did like the way he wove the story in the last third of the book. I also liked the end of the book and the updates to each character. The tale of whether John Wilkes Booth was really killed is a fascinating one and I liked that it was addressed in the book. I now need to decide if I should read Killing Kennedy. :-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Velva Jean Learns to Drive

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jennifer Niven
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (197)

    Set in Appalachia in the years before World War II, Velva Jean Learns to Drive is a poignant story of a spirited young girl growing up in the gold-mining and moonshining South. Before she dies, Velva Jean's mother urges her to "live out there in the great wide world." Velva Jean dreams of becoming a big-time singer in Nashville until she falls in love with Harley Bright, a handsome juvenile delinquent turned revival preacher.

    Susan says: "If Jenna Lamia reads it, I'll listen to it!"
    "Another good one...."
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    This was such a cute story.....very well narrated/performed. I was looking for a story that would take me away from it all....something that would hopefully be a good mix of many things and this story did it. I really enjoyed the plot...and all of the characters. Ive listened to Jenna Lamia before and she is very good...and pulls you into the book every time. If you are looking for a book that will represent innocence, love, laughter, family complexities,this is the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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