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  • Stella Bain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Anita Shreve
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (61)

    When an American woman, Stella Bain, is found suffering from severe shell shock in an exclusive garden in London, surgeon August Bridge and his wife selflessly agree to take her in. A gesture of goodwill turns into something more as Bridge quickly develops a clinical interest in his houseguest. Stella had been working as a nurse's aide near the front, but she can't remember anything prior to four months earlier when she was found wounded on a French battlefield.

    Jean says: "A captivating story"
    "Not the Best Anita Shreve Novel"
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    Anita Shreve has written several books that I really enjoyed, but this was not one of her better stories. None of the characters had much depth and I felt like the story was rushed. Maybe an okay beach read or to get through an airplane ride, but not enthralling.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Chris Bohjalian
    • Narrated By Grace Blewer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands is the story of Emily Shepard, a homeless teen living in an igloo made of ice and trash bags filled with frozen leaves. Half a year earlier, a nuclear plant in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom had experienced a cataclysmic meltdown, and both of Emily's parents were killed. Devastatingly, her father was in charge of the plant, and the meltdown may have been his fault. Was he drunk when it happened?

    Sheila says: "A deeply moving story read with honesty"
    "Man writes as teenage girl."
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    How can an "older" man write like a teenage girl? Chris Bohjalian did a fantastic job of doing just that. I picked out this book because I have read many other books by Chris Bohjalian and have liked every one of them. This one was quite different from his other books and I wasn't sure I would like it in the beginning when it was in the voice of a teenage girl, with teen language. The character development was superb and heart-wrenching. Interesting that Bohjalian's daughter is the narrator for this audio-book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gioconda

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Lucille Turner
    • Narrated By Mark Meadows
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
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    (3)
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    (3)

    A novel of Leonardo da Vinci - visionary painter of the Mona Lisa, the smiling, enigmatic Gioconda. We know him as the Renaissance genius: inventor, scientist, artist. They knew him as Leonardo from Vinci: heretic, butcher, lunatic. A solitary child, Leonardo's only intimate is Lisa Gherardini, the girl who spies on him in his workshop. Spurned by his tutor, he is sent by his despairing father to Florence as an apprentice.

    Donna says: "The Original Renaissance Man"
    "The Original Renaissance Man"
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    An historical-fiction of the original Renaissance man, Leonardo da Vinci. Enjoyable novel with lots of interesting facts about "the genius" and events occurring during his lifetime. Leo's imagined involvement with Lisa Gioconda and his painting of the Mona Lisa was thought provoking; sending me to Google what else I could find out about Gioconda.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow of the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (1674)
    Performance
    (715)
    Story
    (728)

    Barcelona, 1945: Just after the war, a great world city lies in shadow, nursing its wounds, and a boy named Daniel awakes on his 11th birthday to find that he can no longer remember his mother's face. To console his only child, Daniel's widowed father, an antiquarian book dealer, initiates him into the secret of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a library tended by Barcelona's guild of rare-book dealers as a repository for books forgotten by the world, waiting for someone who will care about them again.

    Katherine says: "Great With One Exception"
    "Intrigue, History and Love"
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    An interesting combination of history, intriguing mystery and multiple love stories surrounding a boys curiosity about a book he discovers. Lots of characters and events to remember. Enjoyable, but I haven't decided if I want to read any more of the series - Cemetery of Forgotten Books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Poe

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Lynn Cullen
    • Narrated By Eliza Foss
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (35)

    Inspired by literature's most haunting love triangle, award-winning author Lynn Cullen delivers a pitch-perfect rendering of Edgar Allan Poe, his mistress's tantalizing confession, and his wife's frightening obsession . . . in this "intelligent, sexy, and utterly addictive" (M. J. Rose) new masterpiece of historical fiction.

    Linda Lou says: "HATED IT!"
    "Mr. Poe"
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    Although this historical fiction book is titled, Mrs. Poe, it is really more about Mr. Poe, and his involvement with Mrs. Osgood, another poet. Somewhat tedious at time but still an interesting look at the period.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3470)
    Performance
    (1193)
    Story
    (1197)

    Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world.

    Lawrence says: "Believe the Hype"
    "Inane"
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    After 12 chapters, I couldn't listen to any more of the inane conversations and details.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Anita Shreve
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff, Eve Bianco, Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (219)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (64)

    At a New England boarding school, a sex scandal is about to break. Even more shocking than the sexual acts themselves is the fact that they were caught on videotape. A Pandora's box of revelations, the tape triggers a chorus of voices - those of the men, women, teenagers, and parents involved in the scandal - that details the ways in which lives can be derailed or destroyed in one foolish moment.

    Julie Clarke says: "Good Story, Dizzy Narration"
    "Could Happen Anywhere"
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    A story that could happen in real life in any community, school or university with the same painful results. Sad, quick read with a predictable ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A House in the Sky: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Amanda Lindhout, Sara Corbett
    • Narrated By Amanda Lindhout
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (227)

    Amanda Lindhout reads her spectacularly dramatic memoir of a woman whose curiosity about the world led her from rural Canada to imperiled and dangerous countries on every continent, and then into 15 months of harrowing captivity in Somalia - a story of courage, resilience, and extraordinary grace. In August 2008, she traveled to Mogadishu, Somalia - "the most dangerous place on Earth." On her fourth day in the country, she and her photojournalist companion were abducted.

    Eric Schurr says: "Incredible story! Very well written and delivered"
    "Remarkable"
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    Amazing that a person could experience what Amanda went through, in terms of confinement and torture, and then be able to narrate the book she wrote about her captivity. Many scenes were so hard for me to listen to. I kept asking myself how could she relive all of that experience by writing the book and then narrating it. Remarkable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Claire Kendal
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    His name is Rafe, and he is everywhere Clarissa turns. At the university where she works. Her favorite sewing shop. The train station. Outside her apartment. His messages choke her voice mail; his gifts litter her mailbox. Since that one regrettable night, his obsession with her has grown, becoming more terrifying with each passing day. And as Rafe has made clear, he will never let her go. Claire Kendal’s extraordinary debut will haunt listeners long after it reaches its terrifying, breathtaking conclusion.

    Donna says: "Creepy"
    "Creepy"
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    Not many nice people in this story and the stalker was especially creepy. Not on the top of my list for books I would recommend to friends.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cartographer of No Man's Land: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By P. S. Duffy
    • Narrated By David Marantz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    From a hardscrabble village in Nova Scotia to the collapsing trenches of France, a debut novel about a family divided by World War I....When his beloved brother-in-law goes missing at the front in 1916, Angus defies his pacifist upbringing to join the war and find him. Assured a position as a cartographer in London, he is instead sent directly into the visceral shock of battle. Meanwhile, at home, his son, Simon Peter, must navigate escalating hostility in a fishing village torn by grief.

    Donna says: "Slow Start, Excellent Ending"
    "Slow Start, Excellent Ending"
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    This historical fiction of families living in Nova Scotia and involved with the Canadian Army during WWI, had a slow start and I was about to put it aside, but kept listening and was glad that I did. The book became better with each chapter. Although I wasn't interested in the battle descriptions, the characters were very real and believable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cockroaches: The Second Inspector Harry Hole Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (335)
    Performance
    (299)
    Story
    (301)

    When the Norwegian ambassador to Thailand is found dead in a Bangkok brothel, Inspector Harry Hole is dispatched from Oslo to help hush up the case. But once he arrives Harry discovers that this case is about much more than one random murder. There is something else, something more pervasive, scrabbling around behind the scenes. Or, put another way, for every cockroach you see in your hotel room, there are hundreds behind the walls.

    L. O. Pardue says: "The Rest of the Harry Hole Series is Excellent!"
    "Older Stories in the Series Good Too"
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    The Harry Hole series by Jo Nesbo is the only series I have taken the time to listen too. A friend got me started with number six when I didn't know it was a series. After listening to number one, I've been waiting for this second in the series to come out on audio before listening to others in the series. Nesbo's development of characters and his ability to keep me guessing up to the end makes for very satisfying listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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