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Meri

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  • East of Eden

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (1614)
    Performance
    (1384)
    Story
    (1401)

    This sprawling and often brutal novel, set in the rich farmlands of California's Salinas Valley, follows the intertwined destinies of two families - the Trasks and the Hamiltons - whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel.

    karen says: "American classic, not to be missed."
    "My favorite Steinbeck novel, narrated insightfully"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This one had a bit of a slow start for me, but I found it intriguing enough to keep listening. By the end I was finding excuses for alone time so I could finish the book. I found it presented ideas artfully, delicately, and compassionately.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Silent Sister: Riley MacPherson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Diane Chamberlain
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3138)
    Performance
    (2703)
    Story
    (2697)

    In The Silent Sister, Riley MacPherson has spent her entire life believing that her older sister Lisa committed suicide as a teenager. Now, over twenty years later, her father has passed away and she's in New Bern, North Carolina cleaning out his house when she finds evidence to the contrary. Lisa is alive. Alive and living under a new identity. But why exactly was she on the run all those years ago, and what secrets are being kept now?

    Robin A. Patrick says: "I feel guilty, but . . . I didn't like it."
    "Unusual storyline"
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    Story

    Although the rather obvious foreshadowing had me frustrated with the Riley's blindness to all the clues in the storyline, this book kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. The characters had layers and depth, and I grew to care for Riley, Danny, and Lisa. I had a hard time turning off the audiobook until I had completed the whole thing.

    The one complaint I have is that it seemed Riley was so oblivious and Danny was so unsympathetic -- too much so to be realistic, I thought. But the twists and turns were terribly interesting even if many were predictable by the time all was revealed.

    Narrator was very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Garden Spells

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sarah Addison Allen
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1205)
    Performance
    (730)
    Story
    (739)

    The Waverleys have always been a curious family, endowed with peculiar gifts that make them outsiders even in their hometown of Bascom, North Carolina. Even their garden has a reputation, famous for its feisty apple tree that bears prophetic fruit, and its edible flowers, imbued with special powers.

    Generations of Waverleys tended this garden. Their history was in the soil. But so were their futures.

    Together again in the house they grew up in, the Waverley sisters realize they must deal with their common legacy - if they are ever to feel at home in Bascom - or with each other.

    Joihelene says: "I so want to give it 5 stars...!!!!"
    "Fun and fanciful story."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was an enjoyable read with many insightful moments. Feels a bit like the characters' lives were a lesson in hyperbole, but the author succeeded in making them seem more realistic than fairy tale. I will definitely read the sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Four Feathers

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By A. E. W. Mason
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (78)

    Just before his regiment sails off to war in the Sudan, British officer Harry Feversham quits the military. He is immediately given four white feathers as symbols of cowardice, one by each of his three best friends and one by his fiancée. To disprove this grave dishonor, Harry dons an Arabian disguise and leaves for the Sudan, where he anonymously comes to the aid of his three friends, saving each of their lives. Having proven his bravery, Harry returns to England, hoping to regain the love and respect of his fiancée.

    Kappavpi says: "Deep Realistic Story Masterfully Read"
    "Great story and narrator."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The storyline about courage was interesting and I enjoyed it. Some of the details about the events in the war were a little hard to follow, but the main characters were great. Narrator was believable and really quite wonderful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3776)
    Performance
    (3347)
    Story
    (3357)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "Good read!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Interesting and unique storyline. I thought it was well-written, and the narrator was very good -- struck just the right storytelling tone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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