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  • Bitter Is the New Black

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jen Lancaster
    • Narrated By Jamie Heinlein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (305)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (150)

    Jen Lancaster was living the sweet life-until real life kicked her to the curb. She had the perfect man, the perfect job-hell, she had the perfect life - and there was no reason to think it wouldn't last. Or maybe there was, but Jen Lancaster was too busy being manicured, pedicured, highlighted, and generally adored to notice.

    Amanda Sava says: "Better than I'd hoped."
    "Mixed Review"
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    I was conflicted between 3 and 4 stars. I liked it, and thought Jen Lancaster put together a great autobiographical story, but I often asked myself, "What is the point of this?" Or, "Why do I care?" On the other hand, I couldn't stop listening, and want to hear more from her. Because of that, I gave in with the 4 stars.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jane Eyre [Brilliance Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Charlotte Bronte
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1140)
    Performance
    (836)
    Story
    (847)

    After a sad and neglected childhood as an orphan, Jane Eyre was hired by Edward Rochester as governess for his ward. Jane was pleased with the quiet country life at Thornfield, with the beautiful old manor house and gardens, with the book-filled library, and with her own comfortable room. But there were stories of a strange tenant, a woman who laughed like a maniac, and who stayed in rooms on the third floor.

    bebe says: "a book that can be heard/read again and again"
    "Perfectly Narrated - A Beautiful Listen!"
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    This story comes alive in the narration. I know that sounds like a commercial, but I am absolutely serious in making this claim. Not only is Susan Ericksen's narration wonderful, but Charlotte Bronte's writing style is gorgeous! If you shy away from the classics because they're too wordy, or the words seem to be in the wrong places, give this one a try. I had no trouble at all following this story and it was such a wonderful one. I thoroughly enjoyed this recording.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Education of Little Tree

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Forrest Carter
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (219)

    After his parents die, five-year-old Little Tree goes to live with his grandparents in their cabin deep in the Tennessee mountain hollows. Granpa instructs the boy in the ancient wisdom of “The Way” of honoring nature’s subtle balance. Even when he faces racism and the white authorities try to take him from his grandparents, Little Tree’s understanding and humor sustain him.

    Nancy says: "Comfort food"
    "Sweetness, with a let-down ending"
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    A precious story, simply told and heartfelt. The end was disappointing as I had higher hopes than that for Little Tree. Nevertheless, I enjoyed this book very much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 16 Lighthouse Road: Cedar Cove, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Debbie Macomber
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (726)
    Performance
    (420)
    Story
    (427)

    "You don't know me yet, but in a few hours that's going to change. You see, I'm inviting you to my home and my town of Cedar Cove, because I want you to meet my family, friends, and neighbors. Come and hear their stories - maybe even their secrets!"

    Ginger says: "Drama"
    "Good Story, Lousy Narrator"
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    Many characters, every one with an interesting story. I enjoyed the story enough to continue with the series, but the narrator sounded just like a telephone operator, mechanical and impersonal. I will read the rest of the series the old fashioned way.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bet Me

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Deanna Hurst
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1305)
    Performance
    (673)
    Story
    (686)

    Min Dobbs knows that happily-ever-after is a fairy tale, especially with a man who asked her to dinner to win a bet. Cal Morrisey knows commitment is impossible, especially with a woman as cranky as Min Dobbs. When they say good-bye at the end of their evening, they cut their losses and agree never to see each other again. But Fate has other plans.

    Amazon Customer says: "Another win!"
    "Too Many Annoying Quirks"
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    A story where the guys make bets on women. Grown adults! How juvenile! I expected to not like it because I had a stereotypical scenario in my mind about how it would play out. As it turned out, I did like how the relationship developed. It wasn't what I had envisioned at all.

    There were some very annoying details about the story. The word "said", the doughnuts, and how many times did they eat Emilio's cooking during the course of this one month period? For crying out loud, I don't know anybody who eats out this much, let alone the SAME restaurant over and over again. Despite these annoyances, the story moves along at a comfortable pace, and I enjoyed it more than I expected to.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5770)
    Performance
    (4995)
    Story
    (4989)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "A Then-and-Now Story to Remember"
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    I liked that this is a relatively modern historical fiction. I love classic film, so the way Jess Walter wrote a then-and-now novel that involved a real movie (Cleopatra) filmed on location in Italy, and tied real actors (Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor) and film makers (Joseph Mankiewicz) to these fictional characters was a real treat. I loved Pasquale, and developed a profound respect for this man who honestly and sincerely did the right thing, with no regrets. I give it a 4 because I didn't instantly love it. I was more than halfway through before I developed feelings for the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10620)
    Performance
    (9640)
    Story
    (9660)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Amazed By It's Greatness"
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    This was a completely random choice, and it turned out to be one of the most suspenseful audio books I have heard. I could not wait for my next commute to or from work because this was that amazing. From the reader's voice to the fresh and witty characters, and the original story line I was thoroughly and completely entertained. I even had that spine-tingling sensation during some parts of the book, and it was awesome. I would NEVER have chosen this if I had known it was a science fiction book. I completely surprised myself and absolutely came out a winner! I highly recommend you give it a try, even if sci-fi is not your thing.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • To Win Her Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Karen Witemeyer
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (267)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (228)

    RITA Award nominee Karen Witemeyer is acclaimed for her winning blend of history, humor, and romance. In this heartstirring tale, repentant exconvict Levi Grant comes to Spencer, Texas, in 1887 - hoping to put his past behind him and start out fresh as the town’s new blacksmith. To promote civility, Eden Spencer runs her own lending library, where she discovers Levi’s love of literature. But just as romance begins to bloom, Eden learns of Levi’s prodigal past.

    Holli says: "Impossible to part from! Heartwarming! :)"
    "Refreshing, Romantic"
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    I like a good cookie-cutter romance, and this fits the bill. I did not know it was an inspirational romance, but that made it even better. I didn't like the leading lady at first, she was terribly judgmental, and I was not surprised that she overreacted to the truth. However, her young house companion really set her straight, which I found tremendously satisfying. I enjoyed the story, the narrator has a very pleasant voice, warm and sincere. This audiobook gave me warm fuzzies from my head to my toes. Enjoy!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Darkest Corner

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Elizabeth Haynes
    • Narrated By David Thorpe, Karen Cass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1108)
    Performance
    (928)
    Story
    (932)

    Catherine has been enjoying the single life for long enough to know a good catch when she sees one. Gorgeous, charismatic, spontaneous – Lee seems almost too perfect to be true. And her friends clearly agree, as each in turn falls under his spell. But there is a darker side to Lee. His erratic, controlling and sometimes frightening behaviour means that Catherine is increasingly isolated. Driven into the darkest corner of her world, and trusting no one, she plans a meticulous escape.

    Betty says: "AN OCD IS STALKED BY A PSYCHOPATH"
    "A Victim's Journey to Victory"
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    I think this story was well-written, well-told, and realistic. I thought during this book that if someone had gone through a similar situation in real life, they would have some serious coping issues due to the subject matter. I couldn't give it a 5 because I like to read more cheerful fiction. I read suspense or other genres just for a change of pace.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thinking. Loving. Doing.: A Call to Glorify God with Heart and Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By John Piper (editor)
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    The Christian life is more than thinking - but not less. And it's more than feeling - but not less. It's more than doing as well - but never less. Healthy followers of Jesus engage their minds, hearts, and hands in glorifying him. This volume, built on the 2010 Desiring God National Conference and John Piper's recent book Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God argues that thinking and the affections of the heart are inseparable. Our emotions fuel our thoughts for God. Likewise, hard thinking about God leads to deeper joy in our relationship with him....

    Jenni says: "Full of Wisdom, Just a Little Dry"
    "Full of Wisdom, Just a Little Dry"
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    My pastor I had at Moose Creek is a huge fan of John Piper, who influenced me to start reading his books and listening to his sermons, which are really, really good. Well, this is a compilation book that resulted from a conference a couple years ago. It includes chapters from 5 esteemed colleagues of Piper's, and the overall theme of the book discusses how important study and knowledge of God is, but points out that knowing a lot is one thing, but if it is not shared with a loving heart it will not be received as openly. Further, a balanced combination of knowledge and love results in people who serve in all different ways. I think they intend for this book to be for any Christian, I think it focuses more to pastors, after all these men are all pastors of churches. Each contributor gave a distinctive and compelling presentation, but my favorite by far was the chapter by Francis Chan. I also was attentive to Thabiti Anyabwile's chapter as he is a former Muslim, so I thought the points he made were very interesting. The topic of this book is rather dry, but it is important and worth the time to listen or read. The panel discussion at the end was where I started to become restless. It was like a group of big smart men sitting together showing off how smart they are. So I deducted points from my rating because of that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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