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Cs

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  • 381 titles in library
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  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
    • Narrated By Paul Baymer, Susan Duerden, Roselyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3337)
    Performance
    (1503)
    Story
    (1505)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The best book club you’ve never heard of – but will be eager to join, courtesy of a full cast of true characters. January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb....

    Kent says: "MUCH better than I ever expected! Give it a try!"
    "I wasn't sure I'd like it"
    Overall

    But it's wonderful! The characters are memorable, and the many talented readers help to keep the characters straight in your head. The readers bring so much personality to each of the characters that I am grateful I got this first as an audiobook. Reading it myself wouldn't have been as good.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Shanghai Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By S. J. Rozan
    • Narrated By Samantha Quann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (30)

    In Shanghai, excavation has unearthed a cache of European jewelry dating back to World War II. The jewelry was immediately stolen by a Chinese official who fled to New York City. Hired by a lawyer specializing in the recovery of Holocaust assets, Chin and Pilarsky are to find any and all leads to the missing jewels. But Lydia soon learns that there is much more to the story than they've been told.

    Kathryn says: "Don't pass up this one!"
    "Fascinating"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    What can you say about a book that I, my husband, and my 2 teenage boys *all* liked?? Amazing!
    The setting is one I've never read about - Shanghai and the Japanese interment camps in China. The plot totally drew you in. The mystery was good, with some surprise twists you'd never guess, the characters were good, and the narrator did a great job!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All Clear

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1666)
    Performance
    (1110)
    Story
    (1134)

    Three time-traveling historians are visiting World War II England: Michael Davies, intent on observing heroism during the Miracle of Dunkirk; Merope Ward, studying children evacuated from London; and Polly Churchill, posing as a shopgirl in the middle of the Blitz. But when the three become unexpectedly trapped in 1940, they struggle not only to find their way home but to survive as Hitler's bombers attempt to pummel London into submission.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Rescued by the second half"
    "Amazing"
    Overall
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    Story
    What did you love best about All Clear?

    First of all, know that all clear is the second book in the series, and you won't get the same effect without reading or listening to Blackout first.
    Connie Willis packsin so much detail about life in London during the Blitz, that I could picture being there. It was totally fascinating and engrossing. As usual, the outsider perspective provided by the historians brings the events into even greater focus.

    Great job and a book I'll listen to again!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lionheart

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Sharon Kay Penman
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (182)

    From New York Times best-selling novelist Sharon Kay Penman comes the stunning story of a great medieval warrior-king, the accomplished and controversial son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine: Richard the Lionheart. A powerful tale of intrigue, war, and diplomacy, Lionheart plays out against the roiling conflicts of love and loyalty, passion and treachery, all set against the rich textures of the Holy Land.

    jerelyn says: "Finally Sharon Penman on Audio!"
    "Disappointed Penmen Lover"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I read all of Sharon Penman's other books, and loved them. I didn't love Lionheart, and I won't read or listen to the next book in the series. I really didn't appreciate all the sex talk in this book. Was she trying to convince me that Richard was not gay, as some have speculated? I could have lived without it.

    I didn't feel the history in this book was as well researched and presented as her other books.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Overseas

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Beatriz Williams
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (253)

    When twenty-something Wall Street analyst Kate Wilson attracts the notice of the legendary Julian Laurence at a business meeting, no one’s more surprised than she is. Julian’s relentless energy and his extraordinary intellect electrify her, but she’s baffled by his sudden interest. Why would this handsome British billionaire—Manhattan’s most eligible bachelor—pursue a pretty but bookish young banker who hasn’t had a boyfriend since college?

    Cassie says: "I WANT ONE!!!"
    "No Real Plot"
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    What disappointed you about Overseas?

    I was expecting a time travel book, similar to Gabaldon's Outlander series. This book has an interesting premise and time period, but there is so little plot that the book is boring!!! I think 80% of the dialogue is one of the main characters saying how he/she loves the other one. Over and over. And over. For no reason the plot supports.


    Did January LaVoy do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    January LaVoy did a great job with the voices and the reading. It's hardly her fault that the characters had nothing interesting to say.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • My Name Is Mary Sutter

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Robin Oliveira
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (95)

    In this stunning historical novel, Mary Sutter is a brilliant, headstrong midwife from Albany, New York, who dreams of becoming a surgeon. Determined to overcome the prejudices against women in medicine—and eager to run away from her recent heartbreak—Mary leaves home and travels to Washington, D.C. to help tend the legions of Civil War wounded.

    midge says: "Excellent and riveting"
    "first rate history, second rate plot"
    Overall

    Tons of interesting detail about the practice of medicine during the Civil War. I found most of the actual plot very routine. It's worth the listen if you like historical/medical stuff, but don't expect to be carried away by the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Chased the Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Sarah Addison Allen
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (423)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (225)

    In her latest enchanting novel, New York Times best-selling author Sarah Addison Allen invites you to a quirky little Southern town with more magic than a full Carolina moon. Here two very different women discover how to find their place in the world - no matter how out of place they feel.

    Anna says: "Lovely"
    "Too much of the same"
    Overall

    I love Sarah Addison Allen's other two books, Garden Spells and Sugar Queen, but this book was just so-so. It was as though she needed to pay her mortgage, so she threw together another book. It had the same magical elements as the other two books. I don't know if this book was too similar to the others, or whether the plot was just not compelling enough.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Doomsday Key: A Sigma Force Novel, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By James Rollins
    • Narrated By Peter Jay Fernandez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (751)
    Performance
    (308)
    Story
    (303)

    At Princeton University, a famed geneticist dies inside a biohazard lab. In Rome, a Vatican archaeologist is found dead in St. Peter's Basilica. In Africa, a U.S. senator's son is slain outside a Red Cross camp. The three murders on three continents bear a horrifying connection: all the victims are marked by a Druidic pagan cross burned into their flesh. The bizarre murders thrust Commander Gray Pierce and Sigma Force into a race against time to solve a riddle going back centuries.

    Bob says: "mystery - history storys"
    "bit overdone, bad reader!"
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    The plot is a bit implausible. The characters are always escaping the unescapeable. One crazy escape, okay, but over and over?? Plus, the reader was terrible. No drama, no expression. Read it instead. The writing was relatively good, but the reader ruined it.

    14 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • The Tenth Gift: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jane Johnson
    • Narrated By John Lee, Susan Duerden
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (41)

    In an expensive London restaurant, Julia Lovat receives a gift that will change her life. It appears to be a book of exquisite 17th-century embroidery patterns - but on closer examination, Julia finds it also contains faint diary entries. In these, Cat Tregenna, an embroideress, tells how she and others were stolen out of a Cornish church in 1625 by Muslim pirates and taken on a brutal voyage to Morocco to be auctioned off as slaves.

    Linda Leeper says: "Great Listen"
    "Hated the Characters"
    Overall

    This book had some great reviews, but I didn't like either of the two main female characters. I have to admit that I only listened to 5 or 6 chapters, because I found the characters so unappealing. It's not just that the whole plot of the first woman was about her long term adulterous affair with the husband of her "best friend", which I didn't like, but she wasn't a nice person.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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