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Janet H. Maddox

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  • The Boy in the Suitcase: A Nina Borg Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Lene Kaaberbøl (author and translator), Agnete Friis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (584)
    Performance
    (512)
    Story
    (514)

    Nina Borg, a Red Cross nurse, wife, and mother of two, is trying to live a quiet life. The last thing her husband wants is for her to go running off on another dangerous mission to help illegal refugees. But when Nina's estranged friend, Karin, leaves her a key to a public locker in the Copenhagen train station, and begs her to take care of its contents, Nina gets suckered into her most dangerous case yet.

    Howard says: "Not your next Scandinavian export."
    "worth the wait"
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    I found "The Boy . . ." a little hard to get into - I kept feeling lost, but I stayed with it and it was well worth the wait. Different and interesting. A new sort of thriller. Give it a go and you won't be sorry.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Poisonwood Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Dean Robertson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3888)
    Performance
    (2613)
    Story
    (2641)

    The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them all they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it - from garden seeds to Scripture - is calamitously transformed on African soil.

    Lynda Rains Bonchack says: "A long time coming..........."
    "Best book, best reading, wonderful experience."
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    When I read the description indicating that the book is set in the Congo, I was't at all sure it would be my cup of tea, but I was captivated in the first few minutes. Beautiful, intelligent writing. There just is nothing better. And the story is powerful! The characters, their story, the story of Africa - universal truths and wisdom galore.

    The narrator did an excellent job of capturing the personalities of the characters as written by a brilliant author. I cannot recommend a book more highly than I recommend this one. If you have missed it before now as I had, don't wait any longer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Close to Home

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Lisa Jackson
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    Overall
    (646)
    Performance
    (583)
    Story
    (578)

    Vowing to make a fresh start, Sarah McAdams has come home to renovate the old Victorian mansion where she grew up. Her daughters, Jade and Gracie, aren’t impressed by the rundown property on the shores of Oregon’s wild Columbia River. As soon as they pull up the isolated drive, Sarah, too, is beset by uneasy memories - of her cold, distant mother, of the half-sister who vanished without a trace, and of a long-ago night when Sarah was found on the widow’s walk, feverish and delirious.

    BookReader says: "Close to Home"
    "What tripe!"
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    Sorry, but Ii found myself laughing at that which was meant to be serious. Seriously? Could not get past the first hour. Don't waste your money or credit! Sorry I succumbed to this "bargain" book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Breach of Security

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 28 mins)
    • By Susan Hill
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (104)

    When a bunch of neo-fascist thugs named The Bulldogs attack a Gay pride march in the sleepy country town of Lafferton, detective Simon Serrailler moves quickly to find the assailants. He’s already got his hands full making security arrangements for a memorial service to honour soldiers returning from Afghanistan. When anonymous threats come in, Serrailler wonders if the Bulldogs are behind these too - and worries that they know the Prince of Wales will be in attendance.

    connie says: "So glad I found this free story!"
    "What a tease!"
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    okay, this was fun, but I want an entire book. Love Susan Hill's books and can't wait for the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Early Life

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Winston Churchill
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (138)

    One of the classic volumes of autobiography, My Early Life is a lively and colourful account of a young man's quest for action, adventure and danger. Churchill's schooldays are undistinguished, but he is admitted to Sandhurst and embarks on a career as a soldier and a war correspondent, seeing action in Cuba, in India, in the Sudan - where he took part in the battle of Omdurman, of which he gives us a stirring account - and finally in South Africa.

    Janet H. Maddox says: "What an amazing life!"
    "What an amazing life!"
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    I confess that I am not generally a huge fan of autobiography, but I will make an exception for this one. Churchill was as good a writer as he was a speaker. The book makes a great listen to a story of an interesting time in history. Great stuff.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Vanishing Act

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (265)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (147)

    Jane Whitefield is a Native American guide who leads solitary outcasts through hostile territory to escape the vengeance of their enemies. But the shaded forest paths her Seneca ancestors might have followed on such missions have all been converted to superhighways, and now the safest way stations are crowded urban buildings that offer the camouflage of anonymity. Still, the supply of runaways - and the need for a woman who will take great risks to save them - have never been greater.

    Cathy says: "The Book - 4 Stars; Narration - 3 Stars"
    "This recording is mechanically flawed!"
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    I loved the book, but the second part of the recording is flawed. It skips, it repeats, and and it seems to leave out parts. Audible needs to replace it! I just finished it this week, the first week in February 2015.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Among the Mad: A Maisie Dobbs Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (581)
    Performance
    (333)
    Story
    (334)

    On the way to see a client, Maisie Dobbs witnesses a man commit suicide on a busy London street. The following day, the prime minister's office receives a letter threatening a massive loss of life if certain demands are not met - and the writer mentions Maisie by name. After being questioned and cleared by Detective Chief Superintendent Robert MacFarlane of Scotland Yard's elite Special Branch, she is drawn into MacFarlane's personal fiefdom as a special adviser on the case.

    Peter says: "Maisie Dobbs Series - Fabulous"
    "Another good time with Maisie"
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    Always entertaining and well read! I do enjoy Maisie. If you haven't yet discovered her, give it a try, but do start with book one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Truth about Lord Stoneville

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Sabrina Jeffries
    • Narrated By James Clamp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (443)
    Performance
    (260)
    Story
    (260)

    Oliver Sharpe, the Marquess of Stoneville, has been London's most notorious rake for years. Fed up with his behavior, his grandmother threatens to disinherit him if he doesn't tame his wild ways and wed within the year. Outraged, Oliver decides to hire a woman from a brothel to pose as his fiancée to prove that he can't be forced into marriage.

    Brittany says: "Loved it"
    "Please don't waste your time or your money"
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    Oh my. If cheap, formulaic romance fiction is your preferred genre, then help yourself to this one. Maybe you can stand it. This one is definitely not for me. I tried. After all, I had spent a credit on it! I made it about halfway through but by that point, I was laughing out loud at situations and lines that were not meant to be funny. It was just so over the top. So ridiculous. The situations, the language, the salacious and totally unbelievable sex scenes - I just could not take any more. Be warned!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • To Dwell in Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Deborah Crombie
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (190)

    Recently transferred to the London borough of Camden from Scotland Yard headquarters, Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his new murder investigation team are called to a deadly bombing at historic St. Pancras Station. By fortunate coincidence, Melody Talbot, Gemma's trusted colleague, witnesses the explosion. The victim was taking part in an organized protest, yet the other group members swear the young man only meant to set off a smoke bomb.

    Keenan says: "Gold Standard"
    "I confess; I'm a huge fan!"
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    I have loved every one of Deborah Crombie's books since I read the first few in print some years ago. While I certainly have favorites, none have disappointed. But this latest, happily anticipated and awaited continuation of the story of Duncan and Gemma has satisfied in every way, way beyond expectations. The characters continue to develop in interesting ways, and this particular story segment is timely and well crafted. I find myself so enjoying the story that I want to hurry along, and at the same time I want to go slowly, holding off on completing the story and savoring every part. Sweet dilemma.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Edge of Eternity: The Century Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3792)
    Performance
    (3335)
    Story
    (3340)

    Throughout these books, Follett has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution - and rock and roll.

    Elisa says: "Some good, some bad"
    "Far and Away the Best of the Trilogy"
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    Perhaps because this third in the trilogy related events that are lodged in my memory, I found it the most engaging of the three books. Actually, I enjoyed the entire trilogy. This one I found provided an account of the major events of the last half of the 20th Century that was made more interesting because of the varying perspectives from characters scattered around the various countries involved. Fascinating way to look at history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gabrielle Zevin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1659)
    Performance
    (1467)
    Story
    (1472)

    The irascible A. J. Fikry, owner of Island Books - the only bookstore on Alice Island - has already lost his wife. Now his most prized possession, a rare book, has been stolen from right under his nose in the most embarrassing of circumstances. The store itself, it seems, will be next to go. One night upon closing, he discovers a toddler in his children’s section with a note from her mother pinned to her Elmo doll: I want Maya to grow up in a place with books and among people who care about such kinds of things. I love her very much, but I can no longer take care of her.

    Trish says: "Loved, Loved, Loved It!!"
    "Near the Top of My List"
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    I hesitate to put any book at the top of my list because that spot changes often. An amazing book today may be eclipsed by time and other experiences in the future. But this small book certainly has earned a place near the top.

    What book lover won't appreciate a book that is so much about enjoying good books? What parent won't appreciate a story that is so much about what parenting means? What lover won't appreciate a story about the deep and enduring nature of mature love? I promise you will enjoy listening to this one if you are any of the above.

    A friend who is a man with whom I often share book notes placed this near the top of his list also. Universal appeal. Give it a go.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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