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  • Until I Say Good-Bye: My Year of Living with Joy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Susan Spencer-Wendel, Bret Witter
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (40)
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    (37)

    Susan Spencer-Wendel's Until I Say Good-Bye: My Year of Living with Joy is a moving and inspirational memoir by a woman who makes the most of her final days after discovering she has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). After Spencer-Wendel, a celebrated journalist at the Palm Beach Post, learns of her diagnosis of ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, she embarks on several adventures, traveling to several countries and sharing special experiences with loved ones.

    Bonny says: "Until I Say Good-Bye is a paradox for me."
    "You will laugh & you will cry"
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    What an example Susan Spencer-Wendel sets for parents everywhere! To accept her fate so gracefully -- and concentrate on the things that really count in life…children, family & friends, she's the ultimate inspiration. Her honesty about her situation is refreshing. This book is the one I'm choosing for book club this month. It will make for a thought-provoking discussion as we head into 2014 about what really matters in our lives. Loved, loved, loved the book -- and am following Susan's life on Facebook now.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Secretary: A Journey with Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of American Power

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Kim Ghattas
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (34)

    In November 2008, Hillary Clinton agreed to work for her former rival. As President Barack Obama's secretary of state, she set out to repair America's image around the world - and her own. For the following four years, BBC foreign correspondent Kim Ghattas had unparalleled access to Clinton and her entourage, and she weaves a fast-paced, gripping account of life on the road with Clinton in The Secretary.

    Melinda says: "Never got to the heart..."
    "What a fascinating perspective"
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    I've always admired Hillary Clinton and was interested in hearing about her role as Secretary of State. The story was told from the perspective of the Lebanese-born journalist, Kim Ghattas. Because of Ms. Ghattas' background, the story was even more interesting. The detailed narrations of world events over the last few years was memorable -- and the insights into Hillary's role in these events makes my respect for her soar. The author yearned for more than 20 years to understand the role of the United States in the Lebanon/Syrian war. Yet, she glosses over the final chapter in Hillary's role as Secretary of State: Libya. The families of those who were killed in Libya and the rest of us caring Americans will agonize for the rest of our lives over actions that could have been taken to prevent their deaths. Had Ms. Ghattas spoken honestly about this unfortunate episode, I would have given her a 5++ for the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Orphan Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christina Baker Kline
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3702)
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    (3296)
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    (3291)

    Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

    Susan says: "Fascinating Journey for Two"
    "Loved this book (almost) as much as The Help"
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    Like the relationship among women who were initially unconnected in The Help, the warm relationship between Molly & Vivian was inspiring. Because of their early situation as orphans, Molly & Vivian related very well to one another. Molly was able to reach out to Vivian unlike others she'd been associated with. Was appalled by the foster care/adoption system. In the end, just a rewarding book about individuals from different life experiences who are able to forge a positive & meaningful relationship. It's my next book club choice...unless someone chooses it first:)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Prize

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (613)
    Performance
    (379)
    Story
    (383)

    In the resplendence of William the Conqueror's London court, the lovely Saxon captive, Nicholaa was forced to choose a husband from the assembled Norman nobles. She chose Royce, a baron warrior whose fierce demeanor could not conceal his chivalrous and tender heart. Resourceful, rebellious and utterly naive, Nicholaa vowed to bend Royce to her will, despite the whirlwind of feelings he aroused in her.

    A. Masters says: "narration takes away from the story"
    "Classic Julie Garwood"
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    What did you love best about The Prize?

    Two very strong individuals with strong personal & family values came together to form a solid marriage.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Loved the cleverness of both Nicholaa and Royce. They were a good match for each other.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Ann Flosnick is a very good female narrator...NOT so much a male narrator, though.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2966)
    Performance
    (2552)
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    (2566)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "Interesting Mystery Storyline"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Secret Keeper to be better than the print version?

    No, the narrator was too slow. Had to speed her up to 1 1/2-2x the normal speed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was an interesting storyline, but would have more interesting if she would have mixed in the stories of the 3 main characters, rather than leaving most of Vivian's until the end of the book.


    What three words best describe Caroline Lee’s performance?

    Boring & too slow!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Early on, I considered simply skipping to the end of the book because it was moving too slow--story AND narrator. Resisted the temptation...and the ending (kinda) redeemed the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Overseas

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Beatriz Williams
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (243)

    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!!!"
    "Entertaining time travel ~ not Diana Gabaldon"
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    Overseas was the book club choice because one of our members (a published author) knew Beatriz Williams. Several of us enjoyed the story because it was entertaining - what woman can't appreciate a gorgeous billionaire being in love with her & only her & always her? Some members wanted more of an explanation about "how". When love is involved, the "hows" can't always be explained...nor do they matter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15082)
    Performance
    (12425)
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    (13063)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "what's all the fuss?"
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    This was our book club's "alternative" book choice for this month. Loved, loved, loved it!
    We have read every genre of book. Reminds me of the Diana Gabaldon series - Nora Roberts 4 brides stories & more. Loved the narration. Not all narrators can read both female & male voices equally well - Becca Battoe was perfect!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Sense of an Ending

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Julian Barnes
    • Narrated By Richard Morant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (837)
    Performance
    (704)
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    (699)

    Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour, and wit. Maybe Adrian was more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life. Now Tony is retired. He’s had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He’s certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer’s letter is about to prove.

    Melinda says: "'Something Happened'..."
    "A "bookclub - worthy" book!"
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    Wow! What a thought-provoking look back at life...although 60+ is not the "end" of life...but it is long enough to reflect on happenings in our 20s.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Helen Simonson
    • Narrated By Peter Altschuler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2423)
    Performance
    (1141)
    Story
    (1134)

    You are about to travel to Edgecombe St. Mary, a small village in the English countryside filled with rolling hills, thatched cottages, and a cast of characters both hilariously original and as familiar as the members of your own family. Among them is Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired), the unlikely hero of Helen Simonson's wondrous debut. Wry, courtly, opinionated, and completely endearing, Major Pettigrew is one of the most indelible characters in contemporary fiction.

    txkimmers says: "A great surprise"
    "Loved the book, Major Pettigrew & Mrs. Ali"
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    When a man is 68, he can either become disenchanted with life -- or take the sum of his life experiences & continue to grow. The Major's opinion about everything & everyone was hilarious!! It was interesting to see how his feelings about some people changed as the novel progressed. For example, he was completely disgusted with his son, Roger's, American fiancee -- but grew to have empathy for her as the novel progressed. A completely delightful read!!!

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Marcus Luttrell
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    Overall
    (1567)
    Performance
    (637)
    Story
    (633)

    In June 2005, four U.S. Navy SEALs left their base in Afghanistan for the Pakistani border. Their mission was to capture or kill a notorious al Qaeda leader. Less then 24 hours later, only one of those SEALs remained alive. This is the story of how team leader Marcus Luttrell, the sole survivor of Operation Redwing, and the desperate battle that led to the largest loss of life in Navy SEAL history.

    Michael says: "Great listen"
    "Lone Survivor"
    Overall

    This was the best true story about actual war events in Afghanistan that I have ever read. Marcus was a real hero & the friends he made with the Afghan people reinforces our beliefs that most people just want to live peacefully. How honored I felt for these Navy seals to defend our country for freedom. Most of us would never make it with the rigorous training they endure. It made me proud to be an American and know he & others were willing to sacrifice everything in the name of freedom.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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