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  • The Outsiders

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By S.E. Hinton
    • Narrated By Jim Fyfe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (513)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (302)

    Ponyboy can count on his brothers. And on his friends. But not on much else besides trouble with the Socs, a vicious gang of rich kids whose idea of a good time is beating up "greasers" like Ponyboy. At least he knows what to expect, until the night someone takes things too far.

    A User says: "The Outsiders"
    "Great for a wide variety of ages"
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    My fourteen year old son kept urging me to get this book after reading it in school. I initially got it simply to support and encourage his reading habit. The book grabbed me from the beginning and never bogged down. I recommend it to ALL teenagers and see no reason why any adult wouldn't like it as well. Great story, well narrated.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Litigators

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3869)
    Performance
    (3156)
    Story
    (3120)

    The incomparable master of the legal thriller takes us deeper into the labyrinth that is the American justice system, always drawing us in with an irresistible hook, pulling the thread of tension tighter and tighter, and then knocking us out with a conclusion that's never "by the book". Maybe that's why, after more than 20 years of consecutive number-one New York Times best sellers, a new novel by America's favorite storyteller is still a major publishing event.

    Amazon Customer says: "Typical Grisham, entertaining"
    "A Fun Book"
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    Grisham continues to knock them out of the park with The Litigators. He took a drive through the seedy part of the legal system, as well as the polished, money-making end. The performance was good, and the story line entertaining. I expected a lot and I was not disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17971)
    Performance
    (15980)
    Story
    (15939)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Favorite audio book yet"
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    I'm not typically a Stephen King fan since he tends to scare the heck out of me and manages to do it with such raunchy language most of the time. But this book is without question my favorite listen (of any audio book) thus far. The story line alone is fascinating - something only King could dream up. Despite its length, it never dragged for a single moment. The performance was incredible, the ending so sweet and touching. I deeply "missed" the book after it was over.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Strip Tease

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (613)
    Performance
    (498)
    Story
    (501)

    No matter what you heard or thought about the movie version of Strip Tease, forget it. Film simply can’t catch the layers of humor, satire, and imagination that Pulitzer Prize-winning author Carl Hiaasen creates in each of his novels.

    Edmond Clement says: "A total delightr"
    "Surprisingly funny and entertaining"
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    The book was lighthearted and funny, despite the "serious nature of content". It was just fun, simple entertainment.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Hell's Corner

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2512)
    Performance
    (1125)
    Story
    (1132)

    John Carr, aka Oliver Stone-once the most skilled assassin his country ever had-stands in Lafayette Park in front of the White House, perhaps for the last time. The president has personally requested that Stone serve his country again on a high-risk, covert mission. Though he's fought for decades to leave his past career behind, Stone has no choice but to say yes. Then Stone's mission changes drastically before it even begins. It's the night of a state dinner honoring the British prime minister.

    Ramon says: "Great story with nice twists"
    "Great performance, but a dragging story line"
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    While I usually enjoy the Camel Club series, this one just couldn't seem to dig its heels in as deeply for me. It began exciting enough and had countless twists and turns. I think perhaps it was the overuse of these that wore me down. It just KEPT twisting, turning around, double backing and retracing it seemed. The narration performance was good. I typically like Baldacci books and am certainly not giving up on him. I was just glad when this one was finally over.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27341)
    Performance
    (21158)
    Story
    (21365)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    GS says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "A bit depressing"
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    The performance was good, just as in the two previous books in the series. Just my personal opinion here - but I found it this particular one to be depressing and lacking the excitement of the others. I still enjoyed the series overall and would recommend at least the first two books. This one, maybe not quite as much though.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil in the Junior League

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Linda Francis Lee
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (481)
    Performance
    (276)
    Story
    (276)

    Mercedes Hildebrand Ware is a member beyond reproach...until her life begins to unravel. When her husband betrays her, steals her money, and runs off to places unknown, it's something Frede would prefer to keep under wraps. The last thing she needs is to become fodder for the JLWC gossip mill. And to make matters worse, there's only one person in town who stands a chance at helping her get revenge - Howard Grout, a tasteless, gold-chain-wearing lawyer who has bought his way into Frede's tony neighborhood.

    bebe says: "Loved it"
    "FUN!"
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    Despite the inability to NOT hate the main character, I couldn't help but cheer her on. The book is downright funny and entertaining. Jenna Lamia does her usual fantastic reading performance.

    As a Texas woman though, I have to say there is no way in the world this author has ever even visited our state, let alone spent any amount of time here. The way Texas women (and even the men) were depicted was entirely asinine, but I have to admit that it added a great deal of entertainment to the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    Overall
    (6939)
    Performance
    (4902)
    Story
    (4891)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Memorable"
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    The Kitchen House is one of those books that will not be easily forgotten even years later. The story was well written and well read. It's not a lighthearted book, but it certain drew me in and kept me interested all the way through. I loved the diversity of the characters and the period in which it was set.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35027)
    Performance
    (26089)
    Story
    (26459)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Surprisingly Great"
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    This book was surprisingly great in my opinion. It's outside my usual genres, so I really can't even say why I purchased it in the first place, but I'm very glad that I did. Now I look forward to listening to the remaining books in the series as well.

    3 of 4 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
    (2685)
    Performance
    (1386)
    Story
    (1399)

    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!"
    "Lovely Listen"
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    This is a beautiful book that is wonderfully narrated. I was especially intrigued with the manner that it kept my attention, though it was not an exciting, suspenseful or even romantic sort of plot. It was just a simple story in a glorious setting with adorable characters. At times it was heartbreaking, but at other times it was downright fun. Unlike many other books, I don't think that I'll never forget this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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