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  • Behind the Candelabra: My Life with Liberace

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Alex Thorleifson, Scott Thorson
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (161)

    In this unusually frank book Scott Thorson, Liberace's longtime lover, tells all: the good, the bad, and the ugly truths about the legendary entertainer who went to outrageous extremes to prevent public knowledge of his homosexuality. Liberace's unhappy childhood, dominated by a mother determined to force him into a concert career, serves as the prologue for a story that goes on to detail Liberace's early appearances in honky-tonks, his move to New York to seek fame, and, finally, his first booking in Las Vegas, where he was courted by the Mafia.

    Jeffrey says: "Viciously honest, candid, sad, fascintating!"
    "Image Changer"
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    My grandmother enjoyed watching Liberace on TV and I have vague memories of watching him with her. This book certainly changed the perception I had of that man.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Orfeo

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Richard Powers
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (68)

    In Orfeo, Powers tells the story of a man journeying into his past as he desperately flees the present. Composer Peter Els opens the door one evening to find the police on his doorstep. His home microbiology lab - the latest experiment in his lifelong attempt to find music in surprising patterns - has aroused the suspicions of Homeland Security. Panicked by the raid, Els turns fugitive. As an Internet-fueled hysteria erupts, Els - the "Bioterrorist Bach" - pays a final visit to the people he loves, those who shaped his musical journey.

    Melinda says: "The Lost Chord"
    "Too intellectual"
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    Chaper 3, an hour and half into this audio book was as far as I could stand it. Too many musical references and other intellectual points of reference that I barely understood. Guess I'm just too unsophisticated for this one. Not worth my time. So many other books out there that I want to check out.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Tara Conklin
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (213)

    The year is 2004: Lina Sparrow is an ambitious young lawyer working on a historic class-action lawsuit seeking reparations for the descendants of American slaves. The year is 1852: Josephine is a 17-year-old house slave who tends to the mistress of a Virginia tobacco farm - an aspiring artist named Lu Anne Bell. It is through her father, renowned artist Oscar Sparrow, that Lina discovers a controversy rocking the art world: Art historians now suspect that the revered paintings of Lu Anne Bell, an antebellum artist known for her humanizing portraits of the slaves who worked her Virginia tobacco farm, were actually the work of her house slave, Josephine.

    Jeanette Finan says: "Disappointing"
    "The Horrors of Slavery"
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    The horrible days of slavery in the US is juxtaposed with a modern-day lawyer searching for decendents of a slave named Josephine. Lots of twists and turns in the life of both the slave girl and the lawyer as each tries to find her own kind of freedom. Interesting but not enthralling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Husband's Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4253)
    Performance
    (3792)
    Story
    (3809)

    Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive....

    Margaret says: "Escape to the land down under..."
    "Couldn't Stop Listening"
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    I had trouble tearing myself away from this book to do anything else. It held my interest so completely and I couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen next. I loved each the characters and the way the author made them so “everyday normal,” with their good and bad sides. The little bit of sarcasm throughout lightened somewhat the heavy nature of some events. I really enjoyed the Australian accent of the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Nights

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Joan Didion
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (118)

    From one of our most powerful writers, a work of stunning frankness about losing a daughter. Richly textured with bits of her own childhood and married life with her husband, John Gregory Dunne, and daughter, Quintana Roo, this new book by Joan Didion examines her thoughts, fears, and doubts regarding having children, illness, and growing old.

    Doggy Bird says: "Extremely moving memoir, well-narrated"
    "Haunting"
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    Only those people that have experienced the death of their child can truly understand the pain that Joan Didion tried to express in this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Kiss Before Dying

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Ira Levin
    • Narrated By Mauro Hantman
    Overall
    (457)
    Performance
    (409)
    Story
    (412)

    Now a modern classic, as gripping in its tautly plotted action as it is penetrating in its exploration of a criminal mind, it tells the shocking tale of a young man who will stop at nothing--not even murder--to get where he wants to go. For he has dreams; plans. He also has charm, good looks, sex appeal, intelligence. And he has a problem. Her name is Dorothy; she loves him, and she's pregnant. The solution may demand desperate measures.

    karen says: "Nothing like a classic....."
    "Boy Meets Girl"
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    A 50s mystery about the troubles of a college guy and the women he becomes involved with. Held my interest in the beginning, but became predictible towards the end. Writing style and prose seemed "dated."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Olive Kitteridge

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Strout
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1010)
    Performance
    (489)
    Story
    (485)

    At times stern, at other times patient, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town and in the world at large, but she doesn't always recognize the changes in those around her.

    BeckyC says: "Absorbing collection of linked stories"
    "Never Underestimate a Woman"
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    Olive Kitteridge is not easy to like, but her husband is. This collection of stories about the residents of a small Maine town is more sad than happy, somewhat depressing, but with a touch of humor. I recently learned there is an HBO movie being made from this book. It will be interesting to see how Olive's unique personality comes across in a movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Orchardist

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Amanda Coplin
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (651)
    Performance
    (558)
    Story
    (554)

    At the turn of the 20th century, in a rural stretch of the Pacific Northwest, a reclusive orchardist, William Talmadge, tends to apples and apricots as if they were loved ones. A gentle man, he's found solace in the sweetness of the fruit he grows and the quiet, beating heart of the land he cultivates. One day, two teenage girls appear and steal his fruit from the market; they later return to the outskirts of his orchard to see the man who gave them no chase. Feral, scared, and very pregnant, the girls take up on Talmadge's land and indulge in his deep reservoir of compassion.

    Marcia says: "Beautiful, rich, sweeping tale, not a fairy tale."
    "Good Man"
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    Loved the narrator's voice in this audible book about the life of an orchardist and his interactions with several women. Kept my interest in wanting to know what would happen next with the sisters that became central to the protagonist's life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sweet Tooth

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (749)
    Performance
    (635)
    Story
    (640)

    Winner of such prestigious honors as the Booker Prize and Whitbread Award, Ian McEwan is justifiably regarded as a modern master. Set in 1972, Sweet Tooth follows Cambridge student Serena Frome, whose intelligence and beauty land her a job with England's intelligence agency, MI5. In an attempt to monitor writers' politics, MI5 tasks Serena with infiltrating the literary circle of author Tom Healy. But soon matters of trust and identity subvert the operation.

    Susianna says: "Perfect Book for your Literary Sweet Tooth"
    "Lots of Twists"
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    Lots of interesting twists and turns in this Ian McEwan spy novel. Enjoyed the character development.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (908)
    Performance
    (713)
    Story
    (713)

    A young woman is murdered in her Oslo flat. One finger has been severed from her left hand, and behind her eyelid is secreted a tiny red diamond in the shape of a five-pointed star - a pentagram, the devil’s star. Detective Harry Hole is assigned to the case with his long-time adversary Tom Waaler and initially wants no part in it. But Harry is already on notice to quit the force and is left with little alternative but to drag himself out of his alcoholic stupor and get to work. A wave of similar murders is on the horizon....

    J.R. says: "New Steig Larsson? Hah! The new Raymond Chandler!"
    "Always A Hit"
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    Another great thriller by Joe Nesbo, with my favorite detective, Harry Hole. Always fun to try to figure out who the bad guy is, but I never get it right. Time to pick up the next one in this exciting series.

    0 of 0 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
    (1418)
    Performance
    (1271)
    Story
    (1277)

    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"
    "Frightening"
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    An remarkable, true story of a 24 year old woman's descent into madness for several months and how she was able to recover. Scary to think this could happen to anyone at any time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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