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  • Inner Harbor: The Chesapeake Bay Saga, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Guy Lemonier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (637)
    Performance
    (428)
    Story
    (428)

    Phillip's brothers, Cameron and Ethan, are now happily married. The family boat-building business is starting to thrive. And the Quinns are closer than ever to keeping Seth permanently protected from his errant mother who would sell her own son rather than loving him the way the Quinns do.

    Darlene says: "One Word WOW!"
    "Narrated by someone who has never read aloud"
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    Story is good if shallow..but it would be entertaining if the original narrator did this book too. Awful voice takes away the enjoyment, really could not listen to the entire book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On Folly Beach

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Karen White
    • Narrated By Lyssa Browne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (95)

    Folly Beach, South Carolina, has survived despite hurricanes and war. But it's the personal battles of Folly Beach's residents that have left the most scars, and they are why a young widow has been beckoned there to heal her own. To most people, Folly Beach is simply the last barrier island before reaching the great Atlantic. To some, it's a sanctuary for lost souls, which is why Emmy Hamilton's mother encourages her to buy a local bookstore, Folly's Finds, hoping it will distract Emmy from the loss of her husband.

    L. Persyn says: "You won't want to get out of your car"
    "Complex Enough to Lightly Hold Your Attention"
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    I love bookstores and shiny glass and old family stories. This book was entertaining with people who tended to be one-dimensional but quite interesting. Many times a book captivates me so I have to sit down and listen carefully. I enjoyed this book while gardening, with nothing at all lost.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anthony Doerr
    • Narrated By Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1865)
    Performance
    (1676)
    Story
    (1677)

    Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

    Annie M. says: "Time well spent"
    "Wonderful story; wonderfully told."
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    If you only listen to one book this whole year, this might be one to consider. The people are so real, the scenes described so carefully I felt like I could feel the air and smell the reality. Like most prolific readers "of a certain age," I have read many war stories, maybe too many. This one was different, seeing through the eyes of very special children gave a unique and very emotional perspective. They became so real to me I wanted to reach into the story and help them. This book is one that will stay with you for a long time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Life with Bread Crumbs: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Anna Quindlen
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (595)
    Performance
    (518)
    Story
    (515)

    Still Life with Bread Crumbs begins with an imagined gunshot and ends with a new tin roof. Between the two is a wry and knowing portrait of Rebecca Winter, a photographer whose work made her an unlikely heroine for many women. Her career is now descendent, her bank balance shaky, and she has fled the city for the middle of nowhere. There she discovers, in a tree stand with a roofer named Jim Bates, that what she sees through a camera lens is not all there is to life.

    Jen says: "Exceeded My High Expectations"
    "Nary a Plot Turn"
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    After an hour's listening, I could have outlined the rest of the book. There were no surprises, B followed A until thankfully they got to Z. It certainly wasn't a bad story, but it didn't leave me anything to hang on to...the depth just was not there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • We Are Water: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Wally Lamb
    • Narrated By Wally Lamb, George Guidall, Maggi-Meg Reed, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1196)
    Performance
    (1084)
    Story
    (1086)

    After 27 years of marriage and three children, Anna Oh - wife, mother, outsider artist - has fallen in love with Viveca, the wealthy Manhattan art dealer who orchestrated her success. They plan to wed in the Oh family’s hometown of Three Rivers in Connecticut. But the wedding provokes some very mixed reactions and opens a Pandora’s Box of toxic secrets - dark and painful truths that have festered below the surface of the Ohs' lives.

    Suzn F says: "Lamb writes Fine Literature/What a Book!"
    "A captivating story: What drives a great artist?"
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    Wally Lamb must have a whole head full of very interesting characters. All his books have many dimensional people that bump into each other in the most interesting ways. This book is no exception. What made this one different for me was the depth of so many personalities, living and dead, that didn't seem to belong together at all. There is a touch of the supernatural, and a touch of the unnatural, and lots of reasons people do what they do, but none of them are good.
    I could not stop listening even if I wanted to. It was like finding out way too much information about the people who lived next door. They all haunted me long after the book was finished.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Persuader

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3267)
    Performance
    (2428)
    Story
    (2415)

    Jack Reacher. The ultimate loner. An elite ex-military cop who left the service years ago, he's moved from place to place...without family...without possessions...without commitments.

    Joanna says: "Child at His Best! A Must Read for Reacher Fans!"
    "Way Too Gruesome"
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    This was my first-and last-Jack Reacher book. I love good mysteries and spy stories, and I know folks get killed in a variety of ways for a variety of reasons in any "who done it". But the endless blood and guts of this book was way too much for me.
    Having said that, I have to admit I listened to every word, because Lee Child did such a great job getting the cat up the tree I just had to find out how he was going to get it down. Great plot, great suspense, great performance. If only a few less people had died in a few less imaginative ways.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fishing for Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (516)
    Performance
    (346)
    Story
    (346)

    Nicholas Duncan is a semi-retired shipping magnate who resides in idyllic Beautiful Bay in Indonesia, where he is known as the old patriarch of the islands. He is grieving the loss of his beautiful Eurasian wife, Anna, and is suffering for the first time from disturbing flashbacks to WWII, the scene of their first meeting and early love. His other wartime lover is the striking Marg Hamilton, a powerful and influential political player in Australia who has remained close to Nick.

    Johnnie Walker says: "Audible Bought the Wrong Book"
    "First Bryce Courtenay disappointment ever."
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    I have spent endless happy hours listening to the stories of this wonderful author. He is a gifted story teller, and every other book has been a great adventure. But this story dragged...on and on, filled with political, history and environmental lessons when all I wanted was to be entertained. Let this one go.

    1 of 1 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
    (6683)
    Performance
    (6056)
    Story
    (6056)

    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!"
    "There was slavery in our country, and I was there."
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    It is a painfully real story of the inhumanity of slavery, but more than that it is the story of sisters, women that bond against all odds. The people are realistic, like all of us good and bad in a confusing whole. While interesting on an historic level, it is the striving, emotional level that keeps you listening. As good as good gets.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Me Before You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3447)
    Performance
    (3127)
    Story
    (3143)

    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    Michael says: "Who or What defines Quality of Life?"
    "Educational and sad"
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    It is a world few of us have to experience first hand, so many things were new. It was a love story, but even more, it was a story about the quality of life, and choosing not to accept what fate has created of your life. Interesting...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9925)
    Performance
    (9083)
    Story
    (9095)

    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"
    "fascinating...boring...hot...cold..."
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    This book grabs you from the first moment. It was unlike an story I ever heard; I couldn't figure out where it was going. And then I did. And then it stopped going anywhere. The ending especially was endlessly painful.
    For me, the test of a good book is how long it stays on my mind, how often I talk about it with friends. This one floats around in my head, I still can't figure out if I am empathetic or judgemental. The book presents a different world, I'm glad I visited. But I certainly won't want to stay.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    Overall
    (4458)
    Performance
    (4042)
    Story
    (4057)

    "Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness… He was beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I’d never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily…Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other’s most private wounds…and desires."

    CAROLYN says: "TOUCHING & EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER OF PASSION"
    "Cheap imitation of "50 Shades of Grey""
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    The sex is all there. The story is not. Bared to You lacks depth, plot line, and character development; everyone seemed kind of one dimensional. I did listen to the entire book, kind of waiting for something new to develop other than sex and temper tantrums. No character seemed realistic to me, I felt no emphathy for any of them. On the plus side, I will never look at a tinted window limousine in the quite the same way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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