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  • The Cartographer of No Man's Land: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By P. S. Duffy
    • Narrated By David Marantz
    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.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Lynn Cullen
    • Narrated By Eliza Foss
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (32)

    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
    (3436)
    Performance
    (1165)
    Story
    (1167)

    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
    (217)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (63)

    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
    (242)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (217)

    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
    (30)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    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
  • Cockroaches: The Second Inspector Harry Hole Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (302)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (270)

    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
  • And the Dark Sacred Night: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Julia Glass
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (101)

    Kit Noonan is an unemployed art historian with twins to help support and a mortgage to pay - and a wife frustrated by his inertia. Raised by a strong-willed, secretive single mother, Kit has never known the identity of his father - a mystery that his wife insists he must solve to move forward with his life. Out of desperation, Kit goes to the mountain retreat of his mother’s former husband, Jasper, a take-no-prisoners outdoorsman.

    glamazon says: "Unfocused"
    "Lost the Protagonist"
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    An interesting twist on a man searching for his biological father, with lots of other characters involved in their lives. So many detailed personalities, that I sometimes wondered what happened to the main guy. Very descriptive, easy to imagine the scenes.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Terry Tempest Williams
    • Narrated By Terry Tempest Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (132)

    Terry Tempest Williams's mother told her: "I am leaving you all my journals, but you must promise me you won't look at them until after I'm gone." Fans of Williams's iconic and unconventional memoir, Refuge, well remember that mother. She was a member of a large Mormon clan in northern Utah who developed cancer as a result of the nuclear testing in nearby Nevada. It was a shock to Williams that her mother had kept journals. But not as much of a shock as what she found when the time came to read them.

    E says: "Amazing Story, Amazing Voice"
    "Listening is not enough"
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    After listening to the beginning of this book on audio, I bought a copy to reread at night. The prose are so beautiful, many pages more like poetry, that I needed to hear and see the words. I plan to buy multiple copies of this book and audio to give to friends.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Summer Crossing: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Truman Capote
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    In late 2004, a trove of Truman Capote's abandoned papers went up for auction at Sotheby's. Included in the lot was the handwritten manuscript of Summer Crossing, a novel Capote began writing in 1943, and continued to tinker with on and off for a decade. Since the time of his death in 1984, Capote scholars and biographers had long believed this manuscript lost, never to be recovered. They were wrong.

    Marjorie says: "Summer doldrums"
    "Early Capote"
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    A coming of age story for a rich New York girl. Excellent descriptions. Short and sad. Published after Truman Capote's death.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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