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Pris

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  • My Ántonia

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Willa Cather
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (69)

    My Ántonia chronicles the life of Ántonia, a Bohemian immigrant woman, as seen through the eyes of Jim, the man unable to forget her. Jim, now a successful New York lawyer, recollects his upbringing on a Nebraska farm. Even after 20 years, Ántonia continues to live a romantic life in his imagination. When he returns to Nebraska, he finds Ántonia has lived a battered life. Although the man to whom she dedicated her life abandons her, she remains strong and full of courage.

    John says: "The Power of a Simple Story."
    "A wonderful surprise!"
    Overall

    Having worked in a bookstore, I often passed by this classic book. And, sad to say, I "judged the book by the cover" and decided that it looked boring. When Audible put it on a sale promotion, I decided to go ahead and order it. What a wonderful surprise! I enjoyed My Antonia immensely. I can now see why it is a classic. Willa Cather certainly has a beautiful way with description and the narrator of this audiobook did a superb job of making her words come alive.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mightier than the Sword

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings
    Overall
    (548)
    Performance
    (474)
    Story
    (468)

    Harry Clifton is more successful than ever as a novelist, and has just been elected president of PEN Britain. He learns of a writer in Russia whose memoir of life inside Stalin's palace has landed the writer in prison for life, his book taken off shelves and destroyed. Harry becomes obsessed with freeing the writer and telling his story. His wife Emma, meanwhile is the chair of Barringtons Shipping, having escaped a plot to destroy their company by bombing one of their luxury liners, and now the company is thriving.

    Ruth M. Penson says: "Better then the last one!"
    "Left hanging once again!"
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    I have enjoyed the Clifton Chrinicles immensely. The only part I don't enjoy is being left hanging until the next book is written. I'm not sure I can wait til next year to find out who wins Emma's trial, the reaction to the Babikof book, if Jiles marries Kristina, and if Seb is able to win back Sam!! Jeffrey Archer is a master storyteller and I'm so glad I stumbled on this series!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25247)
    Performance
    (20986)
    Story
    (20971)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    "Too long!"
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    There were twists and turns in this book. It kept me guessing as to who the murderer was. However, I truly got tired of it. I think it was too drawn out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guilt: An Alex Delaware Novel, Book 28

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By John Rubinstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (666)
    Performance
    (561)
    Story
    (559)

    A series of horrifying events occur in quick succession in the same upscale L.A. neighborhood. A backyard renovation unearths an infant's body, buried 60 years ago. And soon thereafter in a nearby park, another disturbingly bizarre discovery is made not far from the body of a young woman shot in the head. Helping LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis to link these eerie incidents is brilliant psychologist Alex Delaware. But even the good doctor's vast experience with matters both clinical and criminal might not be enough.

    Jane Markhorst says: "boring and slow"
    "Alex is back!!"
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    I've read a lot of Alex Delaware books throughout the years. I really loved the early books, but after a while I started getting tired of the series. I decided to take a chance on this new book and was quite pleased. Guilt was nothing spectacular, but a good listen. I will look forward to the next book. I think Alex is back!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Little Bee: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Chris Cleave
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1673)
    Performance
    (928)
    Story
    (927)

    British couple Andrew and Sarah O'Rourke, vacationing on a Nigerian beach in a last-ditch effort to save their faltering marriage, come across Little Bee and her sister, Nigerian refugees fleeing from machete-wielding soldiers intent on clearing the beach. The horrific confrontation that follows changes the lives of everyone involved in unimaginable ways.

    Katerina says: "Good book, well told"
    "Something to think about"
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    I must have read a recommendation somewhere for Little Bee and I put it on my Audible wish list. However, I never chose it for my "next read". I had often seen the book at the bookstore but unfortunately the cover didn't appeal to me, so I let the book stay on my wish list. I finally decided to download it, and was surprised by how engrossed I got by Little Bee, and watching her young life unfold. I was certainly left with a lot to think about, even after the book ended. Chris Cleave did a wonderful job with the dialog and the narrator was great at performing his words. I would highly recommend this book. I'm really glad that I kept Little Bee on my wish list and eventually chose to read it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Notorious Nineteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2002)
    Performance
    (1734)
    Story
    (1750)

    After a slow summer of chasing low-level skips for her cousin Vinnie's bail bonds agency, Stephanie Plum finally lands an assignment that could put her checkbook back in the black. Geoffrey Cubbin, facing trial for embezzling millions from Trenton's premier assisted-living facility, has mysteriously vanished from the hospital after an emergency appendectomy. Now it's on Stephanie to track down the con man. Unfortunately, Cubbin has disappeared without a trace, a witness, or his money-hungry wife. Rumors are stirring that he must have had help with the daring escape...or that maybe he never made it out of his room alive.

    G. House Sr. says: "Tedious Formulaic with same-old same-old"
    "Loads of fun!!!"
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    These Stephanie Plum books are no works of literature (and I do like well written, well thought out books). But, I am truly sad that I finished Notorious Nineteen because I know that there will not be another book for a whole year!!! I have become friends with Stephanie, Lula, Joe, and Ranger and will miss hearing about them until the next book. I'm speculating that #20 will be the last book in the series and that Stephanie and Joe will elope to Las Vegas, and after a harrowing adventure with some bad guys, will get married and live ever after (maybe not so happily, since they seem to be at odds a good bit of the time! Joe wants a regulation Jersey wife and Stephanie admitted in this book that she's somewhat addicted to the adventure of the bounty hunter life.). Lorelei King is a wonderful narrator and because of her narration and my preconceived ideas of the characters, I decided not to go see the One For The Money movie - I was afraid that the characters that I saw on the screen would not match those that I had in my head!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Sherman Alexie
    • Narrated By Sherman Alexie
    Overall
    (1513)
    Performance
    (962)
    Story
    (963)

    Born poor and hydrocephalic, Arnold Spirit survives brain surgery. But his enormous skull, lopsided eyes, profound stuttering, and frequent seizures target him for abuse on his Indian reservation. Protected by a formidable friend, the book-loving artist survives childhood. And then - convinced his future lies off the rez - the bright 14-year-old enrolls in an all-white high school 22 miles away.

    FanB14 says: "Absolutely Entertaining Memoir"
    "Loved it immensely!!"
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    I had had this book on my wish list for quite a while before listening to it. I guess I hesitated in downloading it because it's written for young adults (and I'm definitely an older adult!) and it sounded like it might be a "downer" book that I would have to be in the right mood to read. How wrong I was! I am so glad that I read it since it gave me a look into the plight of Indians living on the reservations and the success story of one of them. This was a heart warming book that showed a boy's courage and fortitude in the face of difficult, trying circumstances. I have certainly recommended this book to lots of my friends and have even checked Mr. Alexie's website to see if he will be making guest appearances anywhere close to my home. I would surely love to meet this remarkable man.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Roses: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Leila Meacham
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (76)

    Spanning the 20th century, the story of Roses takes place in a small East Texas town against the backdrop of the powerful timber and cotton industries, industries controlled by the scions of the town's founding families. Cotton tycoon Mary Toliver and timber magnate Percy Warwick should have married but unwisely did not, and now must deal with the deceit, secrets, and tragedies of their choice.

    Rozette says: "Scarlett O'hara meet Mary Toliver"
    "Gone with the Wind meets Dallas"
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    I really liked this novel with its family drama and likable, well developed characers. And, although it was somewhat of a soap opera, it was an enjoyable listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Explosive Eighteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2091)
    Performance
    (1821)
    Story
    (1807)

    Before Stephanie can even step foot off Flight 127, Hawaii to Newark, she’s knee deep in trouble. Her dream vacation turned into a nightmare, and she’s flying back to New Jersey solo. Worse still, her seatmate never returned to the plane after the L.A. layover. Now he’s dead, in a garbage can, waiting for curbside pickup. His killer could be anyone. And a ragtag collection of thugs and psychos, not to mention the FBI, are all looking for a photograph the dead man was supposed to be carrying.

    HappyMom says: "to quote Lula 'I really expected a better story'"
    "Lorelei King Rocks!!"
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    The Stephanie Plum novels are great to read, but super to listen to. Lorelei King does such a fantastic job of taking Evanovich's wonderful characters and bringing them to life. I can just picture Lula and Ranger and Stephanie and all the other characters. What a great collaboration between author and narrator!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Smokin' Seventeen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2094)
    Performance
    (1440)
    Story
    (1437)

    Where there’s smoke there’s fire, and no one knows this better than New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum. Dead bodies are showing up in shallow graves on the empty construction lot of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds. No one is sure who the killer is, or why the victims have been offed, but what is clear is that Stephanie’s name is on the killer’s list. Short on time to find evidence proving the killer’s identity, Stephanie faces further complications when her family and friends decide that it’s time for her to choose between her longtime off-again-on-again boyfriend and the other bad boy in her life....

    WIpiglet says: "Been there read that!"
    "Delighted it in Del Mar"
    Overall

    Yes, this book had the same basic storyline as the last 16 books. And, yes I knew who the bad guy was before the book was halfway over. But, I listen to these books for their entertainment value, and I found myself chuckling just like I had in the other 16. Lorelei King does an amazing job with her narration. I feel like I know the characters personally, and would recognize them if I ever was in a Cluck in a Bucket at the same time that they were there buying their fried chicken! And, "the vordo" added just a wee bit more excitement to Stephanie's relationship dilemma.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Paris Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Paula McLain
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2079)
    Performance
    (1466)
    Story
    (1471)

    Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet 28eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness—until she meets Ernest Hemingway and her life changes forever. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group—the fabled “Lost Generation”—that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.

    Pris says: "Delighted in Del Mar"
    "Delighted in Del Mar"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this novel immensely. The description of the characters and settings was wonderful. McLain paints a vivid picture of the literary scene in Paris after WWI, and how Ernest and Hadley Hemingway fit into it. After reading this fictionalized account of their lives together, I am anxious to read a biography of Hemingway to learn more about this man, as well as re-read some of his books.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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