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Trish

I have always loved to read, and now I really enjoy listening to my books as well!!

Virginia

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  • Joyland

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Michael Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2937)
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    (2718)
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    (2719)

    Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.

    Bella McGuire says: "The sweest and creepiest coming of age story!"
    "Loved It!!!"
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    I just finished Steven King's Joyland, and truly loved it! I am really a King newbie, having read only a few of his books previously, but with this one, I see what a great writer he is. Everything about this novel--the language, descriptions, nuances, etc.are perfect for the 1973 small-town setting (yes, I am old enough to remember 1973 very well!).

    I loved the story from the opening "pages"--very real-world, very 1970s innocence, very different from anything I have read in a long time! I was totally transported to the "carny" world of Joyland for 7+ hours, and will feel pretty empty as I leave it behind. Also, the narrator was excellent--what a perfect match for this story!

    Bravo--and enjoy!!

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Love Life

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (399)
    Performance
    (373)
    Story
    (370)

    Love Life serves up another delicious selection of intimate stories and observations from Rob Lowe's life, told with humor, warmth, and brutal honesty. After writing his acclaimed debut effort, Lowe felt he had more stories to share and many more friends to introduce. The result is a touching memoir about the business and craft of acting, the pitfalls of success, family, love, and much more.

    LESLIE DOHENY-HANKS says: "Insightful, interesting and uplifting"
    "Welcome Back!!"
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    I adored Rob Lowe's first book, Stories I Only Tell My Friends, and it is still one of my very favorite audiobooks. I also enjoyed this second memoir, possibly a tiny bit less than the first, but still laughed along with Rob at some very human stories and experiences. As expected, the narration is wonderful once again!

    In case you're looking for--or looking to avoid--the love life details, they're not here. Rob Lowe loves and embraces the life he has chosen, and I'm glad he continues to open the door and invite us to peek inside!

    **If you listen to the credits, his son wrote and performed the music on this audiobook production--very cool!!**

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The First Phone Call from Heaven: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Mitch Albom
    • Narrated By Mitch Albom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (389)
    Performance
    (348)
    Story
    (351)

    The First Phone Call from Heaven tells the story of a small town on Lake Michigan that gets worldwide attention when its citizens start receiving phone calls from the afterlife. Is it the greatest miracle ever or a massive hoax? Sully Harding, a grief-stricken single father, is determined to find out. An allegory about the power of belief - and a page-turner that will touch your soul - Albom's masterful storytelling has never been so moving and unexpected.

    Marci says: "Every Character is Great"
    "Be Careful What You Wish For!!"
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    This is another great read/listen from Mitch Albom!

    The premise is certainly intriguing, but the consequences from this type of phenomenon can be unwelcome. And then the story takes a twist ...

    I highly recommend all of this author's work, and look forward to more great books in the future--

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight?: Confessions of a Gay Dad

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Dan Bucatinsky
    • Narrated By Dan Bucatinsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (123)

    In 2005, Dan Bucatinsky and his partner, Don Roos, found themselves in an L.A. delivery room, decked out in disposable scrubs from shower cap to booties, to welcome their adopted baby girl - launching their frantic yet memorable adventures into fatherhood. Two and a half years later, the same birth mother - a heroically generous, pack-a-day teen with a passion for Bridezilla marathons and Mountain Dew - delivered a son into the couple’s arms.

    heather says: "honestly, he tells it all as it is!"
    "Too Funny!!"
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    What an entertaining listen--and a pleasant surprise!

    I did not know what to expect when I purchased this memoir--just jumped in blindly, and had a ball!! The stories Dan related were laugh-out-loud funny, and he was the perfect narrator. Good Luck to him and his family--they have a lot of fun years ahead. And hopefully he'll share more stories with us again soon!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • After I'm Gone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Laura Lippman
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (227)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (204)

    Dead is dead. Missing is gone. When Felix Brewer meets nineteen-year-old Bernadette "Bambi" Gottschalk at a Valentine's Day dance in 1959, he charms her with wild promises, some of which he actually keeps. Thanks to his lucrative - if not all legal - businesses, she and their three little girls live in luxury. But on the Fourth of July in 1976, Bambi's comfortable world implodes when Felix, facing prison, vanishes. Though Bambi has no idea where her husband - or his money - might be, she suspects one woman does: his devoted young mistress, Julie.

    C. Vincent says: "Cannot rate this highly enough!"
    "Well Written Mystery!!"
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    I enjoyed this novel--and discovered a new author!!

    After I'm Gone is a very good novel about the effects and consequences of someone disappearing to avoid prosecution. It follows the lives of those he left behind--lives that are left wondering and without resolution. I thought I knew how the story would end, but I was wrong and pleasantly surprised at the end. Linda Emond did a great job with the narration as well.

    I have already added two of Laura Lippman's books to my wish list, and in the meantime, I recommend After I'm Gone to all who love a good mystery!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Priority List: A Teacher's Final Quest to Discover Life's Greatest Lessons

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David Menasche
    • Narrated By David Menasche
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (36)

    David Menasche lived for his work as a high school English teacher. His passion inspired his students, and between lessons on Shakespeare and sentence structure, he forged a unique bond with his kids, buoying them through personal struggles while sharing valuable life lessons.

    Trish says: "Truly Inspiring!!"
    "Truly Inspiring!!"
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    My biggest complaint about this book? It was just not long enough!! I could have listened to this man tell his stories for many more hours. But considering his tragic health condition, it's a wonder he even wrote this memoir--and even more miraculous that he narrated the audiobook version.

    But I'm truly glad he did--and grateful I listened to it. David Menasche was an inspiration to his students, and can now be an inspiration to us all!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Goodnight June: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Sarah Jio
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Goodnight Moon is an adored childhood classic, but its real origins are lost to history. In Goodnight June, Sarah Jio offers a suspenseful and heartfelt take on how the "great green room" might have come to be. June Andersen is professionally successful, but her personal life is marred by unhappiness. Unexpectedly, she is called to settle her great-aunt Ruby's estate and determine the fate of Bluebird Books, the children's bookstore Ruby founded in the 1940s.

    Trish says: "Sweet Story!!"
    "Sweet Story!!"
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    Goodnight June was a nice, light novel that I enjoyed in between some more serious books recently.

    Mixed in to the story are letters (fictional) between June's aunt and Margaret Wise Brown, the author of Goodnight Moon, the beloved children's book. That gave the story an interesting twist, and the book it's title. I also liked the narrator--she does an excellent job!

    Overall, I enjoyed, and recommend for a sweet, easy listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Helen Simonson
    • Narrated By Peter Altschuler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2404)
    Performance
    (1124)
    Story
    (1115)

    You are about to travel to Edgecombe St. Mary, a small village in the English countryside filled with rolling hills, thatched cottages, and a cast of characters both hilariously original and as familiar as the members of your own family. Among them is Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired), the unlikely hero of Helen Simonson's wondrous debut. Wry, courtly, opinionated, and completely endearing, Major Pettigrew is one of the most indelible characters in contemporary fiction.

    txkimmers says: "A great surprise"
    "Glad I stayed with it!"
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    Admittedly, half way through this book I was ready to give it up. It was very well written--it just wasn't holding my interest. And it seemed to be going nowhere.

    I did stick with it, though, and in the end, I'm very glad I did. In the last half, the story came together and picked up momentum--the ending was complete and satisfying. Major Pettigrew was a lovable character, and I'm glad I finished the book to fully appreciate it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Walking on Water

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Richard Paul Evans
    • Narrated By Richard Paul Evans
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    A year earlier, Seattle advertising executive Alan Christoffersen lost everything he held dear - his beloved wife was killed in a terrible accident; his partner stole his business from him; and the bank foreclosed on his home when he couldn’t pay the mortgage. With seemingly nothing left to live for, Alan set out to walk from Seattle to the farthest point on the map, Key West. And now, after walking more than two thousand miles on a journey filled with surprises, dangers, and revelations, he approaches his destination - and the most important decision of his life.

    Jean says: "Enjoyable book"
    "Book Five--"
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    I'm not sure why Audible does not have this book linked to the series, but it is Book Five in a 5-book series that begins with The Walk.

    I loved this series--I listened to the final four books consecutively--I just could not stop until the journey was complete. I was so involved, I had to keep reminding myself it was fiction! It is well written and uplifting. And the journey's conclusion was sweet and satisfying.

    The author narrates all five books in the series, so I liked the consistency of the same tone and voice throughout. I highly recommend the whole series--and listening to them in order. It is definitely worth the time and credits you will invest--and I hope you enjoy the books as much as I did!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Step of Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Richard Paul Evans
    • Narrated By Richard Paul Evans
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (72)

    After the death of his beloved wife, after the loss of his advertising business to his once-trusted partner, after bankruptcy forced him from his home, Alan Christoffersen is a broken man. Leaving everything he knows, he sets out on an extraordinary cross-country journey; with only the pack on his back, he is walking from Seattle to Key West - the end of the map. Along the way, Alan begins to heal, meeting people who teach him lessons about love, sacrifice, and forgiveness. But in St. Louis, Alan faces another life-changing crisis, and now the journey is in jeopardy.

    Trish says: "Book Four--"
    "Book Four--"
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    This book is the fourth in a 5-book series--

    I discovered this series with book one--The Walk--and did not realize it was a series at that time. Once I found that there were four more books, I read all four without straying to any other books in between. That's unusual for me--I don't think I've ever read any of my series books back-to-back! I had no desire to leave Alan Christofferson's world while there were still Miles to Go (whoops--that was Book #2!!).

    I highly recommend this book, but even more, I recommend reading/listening to the series in order. Enjoy--

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Road to Grace: The Third Journal in the Walk Series: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Richard Paul Evans
    • Narrated By Richard Paul Evans
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (106)

    Reeling from the sudden loss of his wife, his home, and his business, Alan Christoffersen, a once successful advertising executive, has left everything he knew behind and set off on an extraordinary cross-country journey. Carrying only a backpack, he plans to walk to Key West, the farthest destination on his map.

    Trish says: "Book Three--"
    "Book Three--"
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    After the first two books in this 5-book series, I just had to keep listening. I became so involved with the character's story, I just did not want to leave it and go on to read anything else.

    I'm keeping this short and sweet because I want to post a review for all five books. They are all wonderful, and will pull you into a fictional journey that is hard to put down. I speak from experience, and recommend to all!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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