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  • Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Matthew Quick
    • Narrated By Noah Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (270)
    Story
    (267)

    Today is Leonard Peacock's birthday. It is also the day he hides a gun in his backpack. Because today is the day he will kill his former best friend, and then himself, with his grandfather's P-38 pistol. But first he must say good-bye to the four people who matter most to him: his Humphrey Bogart - obsessed next-door neighbor, Walt; his classmate Baback, a violin virtuoso; Lauren, the Christian homeschooler he has a crush on; and Herr Silverman, who teaches the high school's class on the Holocaust.

    L. Gutman says: "Required reading for humans"
    "Don't do it, Leonard!" I shouted."
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    I cried. And I actually found myself shouting out loud. That's how compelling this book is. All of the other reviewers have eloquently reported what an astounding book this is and the 5 star ratings are absolutely deserved. (If only we could give 6.) This author and the narrator are new revelations to me. What a gift. Do not pass up this book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Long Time Gone

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Karen White
    • Narrated By Pilar Witherspoon, Jennifer Ikeda, Susan Bennett
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (28)

    When Vivien Walker left her home in the Mississippi Delta, she swore never to go back, as generations of the women in her family had. But in the spring, nine years to the day since she'd left, that's exactly what happens - Vivien returns, fleeing from a broken marriage and her lost dreams for children. What she hopes to find is solace with "Bootsie", her dear grandmother who raised her, a Walker woman with a knack for making everything all right. But instead she finds that her grandmother has died and that her estranged mother is drifting further away from her memories.

    deb says: "Finally! A book I can't put down."
    "The Sisterhood of Figuring Out Life"
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    This is a hidden gem. Another story of a woman seeking to know her mother and being able to forgive her shortcomings, this one is told from multiple generations and perspectives - all so relevant to the plot and main characters developments. The range of characters are endearing, enraging, and so memorable. I found this book to be a perfect summer read. The author created such a vivid place and mood that I slipped into the Mississippi delta and did not want to return home. I will be thinking about this book for some time to come, returning to it at times, and most definitely passing it on to all of my friends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Collector

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1558)
    Performance
    (1391)
    Story
    (1411)

    From #1 New York Times-best-selling author Nora Roberts comes a novel of a woman who needs nothing, a man who sees everything, and the web of deceit, greed, and danger that brings them together - and that could tear them apart… As a professional house-sitter and freelance writer, nothing ties Lila Emerson down - not her work, not a home, and definitely not a relationship. She spends her life moving from one job to the next, sometimes crashing at a friend 's Manhattan apartment. And though she can appreciate her clients ' extraordinary homes, their expensive collections, and their adorable pets, Lila has never longed for possessions of her own. Everything she has, including her heart, is portable.

    Elaine says: "One of Nora's best in years"
    "Patty and Selma Bouvier Narrate"
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    This is the worst audiobook I've ever purchased. In a moment of utter folly I thought I needed a romance novel. What I got was long hours with Marge Simpson's smoking sisters. First, I thought this was a grown up Nancy Drew mystery; friend Georgie was sounding fun. But then the sexy love interest came on scene, sounding like Patty or Selma. Through 6 grueling chapters the female narrator's low pitched croaky drone portraying the central male character (supposedly too hot and sexy to resist) dragged on. I haven't finished the book and never intend to. I don't recall the main character's name, the male lead's, do not recall what crime was committed here... oh wait, yes I do , that was the choice of narrator. A voice as distracting as nails on a chalkboard. Do not put The Collector in you collection.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Is Paris Burning?

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Larry Collins, Dominique Lapierre
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    Few moments in history are as stirring as the Allied liberation of Paris. Yet few people are aware of how narrowly, and how miraculously, the city escaped Hitler's secret plan to reduce it to ashes. Is Paris Burning? reconstructs, in meticulous and riveting detail, the network of fateful events, day by day, moment by moment, that saved the City of Light.

    David says: "A Heartwarming Story"
    "Fascinating Days and More Heroes Revealed"
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    As World War II came to a close a variety of groups had plans and strategies for the ensuing months. While we all know how the war ended, the details of these days and story of these players gave me a greater appreciation for their commitments to country and courage. If you enjoy history of this period and haven't read much of the final months specific to the liberation of Paris, I think you will find this book fascinating. This was a fast paced story (as was the march to Paris). The book sets a tone and is so fully detailed that it does seem to place the reader in the midst of these days. Information presented about the Nazi general in Paris and his thoughts about his role were very surprising and gave me new insight. The narration is very good, much as you would expect from a good documentary. Vive le France!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14756)
    Performance
    (9141)
    Story
    (9014)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Some Woman's Fantasy Life?"
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    If you dream of loin cloths, spears, six pack abs, campfires, glistening muscles,Scottish brogues, and find that kind of literature thrilling, I guess this book is for you. I couldn't stand it after about four chapters, haven't finished it, and don't intend to ever. This type of escape could be perfect for some. It seemed to convey some accurate historical information, but the needy confused female main character who panted after the muscles who saved her in the midst of it, turned me off. I just wanted her to leave. Of course she couldn't, so I did. Perhaps this is a lusty fantasy novel perfect for some. I haven't had a day yet that I'd want to spend with this entire book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Gilbert King
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (125)

    Devil in the Grove is the winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. Arguably the most important American lawyer of the 20th century, Thurgood Marshall was on the verge of bringing the landmark suit Brown v. Board of Education before the U.S. Supreme Court when he became embroiled in an explosive and deadly case that threatened to change the course of the civil rights movement and cost him his life. Despite death threats, the clan, and the urging of his associates, Marshall knew he had to defend "the Groveland Boys".

    Jean says: "the fight for civil rights"
    "American Horror Story & Profiles in Courage"
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    There are no words. Sad, horrible, despicable come to mind over and over. And then courage, honor, strength. I think this should be on a required reading list for US (white) citizens.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Saving Ceecee Honeycutt

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Beth Hoffman
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2578)
    Performance
    (1282)
    Story
    (1292)

    Laugh-out-loud funny and deeply touching, Beth Hoffman's sparkling debut is, as Kristin Hannah says, "packed full of Southern charm, strong women, wacky humor, and good old-fashioned heart." It is a novel that explores the indomitable strengths of female friendship and gives us the story of a young girl who loses one mother and finds many others.

    Jeanne says: "A Wonderful Listen!"
    "Southern Girl Love"
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    I just love this story. It's certainly not for everyone but it wrapped up my heart. A young girl suffers the loss of her mother to mental illness and struggles to understand something that can't be understood. She is saved by a wise aunt and the circle of women who come into her life. Ceecee and Aunt Tuttie are endearing characters. Not deep, sweet, and just a warm resilient look at how life goes sometimes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7250)
    Performance
    (6641)
    Story
    (6648)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "I Almost Returned a Treasure!"
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    Even though the beginning events and character exposition were told so well, I was having trouble getting through the first part of this novel. But then I decided to give it a second try... And here's another pat on my back for me. This is such a unique and multi-layered story that I will be listening to it again and again. There are many aspects of the book I absolutely love, a few minor dislikes, but it's irreverent commentary on modern life is wonderful. The main characters (primarily male) are so endearing, diverse, and representative of the spirits we can encounter on life's journey. The plot takes unexpected twists that made me stop to admire this author's talent. Pratt tells this story through the voice of a teenage boy/young man and I believe that is her stroke of genius.The Goldfinch is one of my top 10 or 5 audible purchases. This is one of those books I would never want to see as a movie; I just want to know these characters and this story as I imagine it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Invention of Wings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4808)
    Performance
    (4379)
    Story
    (4370)

    From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

    Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
    "Like A Walk Through the Hallmark Cards"
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    Oh Dear! I had waited with such baited breath and nearly had the vapors waiting for this book. (Did you pick up on the Southern vernacular there?) I wanted to slap this Southern Belle so hard! And then I wanted to shake the author as she was reading her final remarks - really hard. This story had so many fascinating threads with amazing possibilities and Monk Kidd trivialized things into a Hallmark aisle of greeting card inspirations. When I heard in the epilogue what this author's overall intent was, I knew she had missed the mark. The main character and her sister are overshadowed by the mother and daughter characters - but the former are are so lovely, strong, and memorable. Adepero Oduve's narration as Hetty is the only thing that kept me listening. The 4 star rating for performance I gave is primarily for Oduve. I'm guessing that Lamia did as best she could with the material.
    I loved the story of Hetty and her mother but I kept wanting more depth to these women and the plots. I couldn't stop thinking 'there must be more to these women.' Stop throwing inspirational poster lines at me, Kidd! The historical information regarding these sisters (notice I'm not a spoiler) has caused me to stop and reexamine my thoughts and commitments on a number of fronts, and I greatly appreciate gaining that from a book. But nothing grabbed me into Sarah's being. I've heard her story so many times before - I just wanted to get rid of her! I'm wondering if I've heard too much Jenna Lamia. Her saccharine Southern voice became very very annoying and I wanted to give up on this book a number of times through the entire first half. I'm a speech therapist, so I do know her presentation of stuttering was spot on. But I was disappointed to find that it was the only way in which Kidd could give Sarah "depth." Her conflict and growth were explored via so much Southern female drawling suffering, please stop! I'm wondering if I'd like this book more if it wasn't Lamia - again.
    Monk-Kidd has stated that she grew up in the South in the 60's and feels her work is a reflection of her social responsibility to readdress slavery and civil rights. I know others who grew in that place and time and have that same mission. Monk-Kidd achieved that goal with this book; she portrays so much ignorance along with the nobility of those under oppression. I did wonder though if this magnolia scented level of ignorance was truly representative of the time. I will recommend this book to a few friends. I think this will be a fine Oprah Productions movie but it isn't the fine literature I hoped for.

    40 of 47 people found this review helpful
  • A Train in Winter: An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship, and Resistance in Occupied France

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Caroline Moorehead
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (30)

    They were teachers, students, chemists, writers, and housewives. They distributed anti-Nazi leaflets, printed subversive newspapers, hid resisters, spirited Jews to safety, transported weapons, and conveyed clandestine messages. The youngest was a schoolgirl of 15 who scrawled “V” for victory on the walls of her lycée; the eldest, a farmer’s wife in her sixties who harbored escaped Allied airmen. Strangers to one another, hailing from villages and cities from across France, these brave women were united in hatred and defiance of their Nazi occupiers.<

    Sher Sutherland says: "A real look at life"
    "Eloquent Haunting Heroines"
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    This book , which is based on authentic documents, diaries, and accounts of World War II, is the retelling of events that are not widely known. It is the story of a group of women and their survival through commitment to cause and their loyalty to one another. The historical sources used to recount the stories are dense, so this is not light reading. The women's confinement at Buckenwald Prison is recounted in excruciating detail, so much so that I skipped through a chapter or two. The ways in which their traumas affected their lives after the war were poignantly presented also. The voices of these heroic women will be with me for the rest of my life.
    The narrator did a fine job with this historical material, but still sensitively conveyed the emotions found in diary entries. The story was well told.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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