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  • The Racketeer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By J. D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (131)

    Given the importance of what they do and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of the USA only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett just became number five. His body was found in the small basement of a lakeside cabin he had built himself and frequently used on weekends. When he did not show up for a trial on Monday morning, his law clerks panicked, called the FBI, and in due course the agents found the crime scene. There was no forced entry, no struggle, just two dead bodies

    Joseph says: "Hung Jury"
    "Twists and Turns All the way"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Very enjoyable story with Grishams own way of delving into the ironies of the law.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    No boring bits in this one.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved this book, entertaining to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shoeless Joe

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By W. P. Kinsella
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (77)

    Shoeless Joe, the soul-stirring novel on which the movie Field of Dreams is based, is more than just another baseball story. Kinsella captures the spiritual dimension that baseball represents for its most determined devotees in this tale of love and the power of dreams to make people come alive.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great Story, won't be disapointed!"
    "Nice story of love and dreams and faith"
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    I love field of dreams. I love the magic. I normally read books before movies but didn't know about this book, have watched the movie many times. I loved the extra story lines in this. I understand tho why they were not included in the movie. A nice relaxing dreamy read. Enjoyable

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leaving Time

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Abigail Revasch, Kathe Mazur, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3956)
    Performance
    (3513)
    Story
    (3506)

    Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice's old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts. Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest.

    Jan says: "Pickiest Reader Would Be Willing to Give 6 Stars"
    "Usual twists and turns"
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    I enjoyed the different layers in this story and picoult delivers again with the twists and turns in this story. An enjoyable listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Year of No Sugar: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Eve O. Schaub
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber, John Lee
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (171)

    With her eyes open by the work of obesity expert Dr. Robert Lustig and others, Eve challenged her husband and two school-age daughters to join her on a quest to eat no added sugar for an entire year. Along the way, Eve uncovered the real costs of our sugar-heavy American diet including diabetes, obesity, and increased incidences of health problems such as heart disease and cancer.

    Virginia says: "Too obsessed with sugar, too free with exceptions"
    "Enjoyed this very much"
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    Good narration, this is an interesting book. Well written, easy to follow! And inspiring too .

    I am certain that most people will at least start to look at where all the hidden sugars are in our world

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22331)
    Performance
    (16109)
    Story
    (16016)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Sara says: "The Time Travel VS Romance Quandary"
    "Not many books I return to over and over"
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    If you could sum up Outlander in three words, what would they be?

    Magical, Romantic, Enchanting


    What other book might you compare Outlander to and why?

    I have never read anything similar


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

    Claire


    Any additional comments?

    I love this series and I am loving the audio versions even more than the many times I have read them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragonfly in Amber

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13054)
    Performance
    (9376)
    Story
    (9403)

    New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon enchanted scores of fans with Outlander, her electrifying historical saga set in 18th-century Scotland. Now this sequel sweeps listeners back into the past as Claire relates more of her perilous sojourn there with her Scottish warrior husband, James Fraser. Twenty years after her strange journey back in time, Claire has returned to Scotland with her daughter, determined to share with her the secret she has harbored since her time travel.

    Shelley says: "I ADORE this series!"
    "Swept through time"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES! I love Dianas story, I love everything about it. I love her character development, its perfectly balanced.


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    Her timing is perfect. Her humour shows through


    Who was the most memorable character of Dragonfly in Amber and why?

    Jamie...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Just Ask the Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 29 mins)
    • By Michael Samuels
    • Narrated By Brandon Massey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (77)

    Just Ask the Universe is not a book of New Age gobbledygook filled with empty promises. Angels won't fly from above and touch you while you're listening. You will not be asked to practice unusual or tedious rituals. There will be no preaching or sage advice and there will most certainly be no channeling of your inner chakras or dressing like Friar Tuck. Just Ask the Universe is a realistic guide to personal development.

    A. Carvallo says: "Good and easy"
    "Succinct, Easy to Understand"
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    Would you listen to Just Ask the Universe again? Why?

    Yes, I will. Quick and Easy, to the point and no fluff.. loved it


    What other book might you compare Just Ask the Universe to and why?

    Maybe THE SECRET, but this was better


    Which scene was your favorite?

    NA


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The List...


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Drums of Autumn

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9683)
    Performance
    (7063)
    Story
    (7047)

    Twice Claire has used an ancient stone circle to travel back to the 18th century. The first time she found love with a Scottish warrior but had to return to the 1940s to save their unborn child. The second time, 20 years later, she reunited with her lost love but had to leave behind the daughter that he would never see. Now Brianna, from her 1960s vantage point, has found a disturbing obituary and will risk everything in an attempt to change history.

    Frances M says: "You listened, Audible!"
    "Excellent"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Drums of Autumn in three words, what would they be?

    The Magic Continues


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

    I love Claire.. Davina is Claire.. but I love the nuances that she gives our hero also


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Voyager

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10753)
    Performance
    (7665)
    Story
    (7658)

    Set in the intriguing Scotland of 200 years ago, the third installment in the romantic adventures of Jamie and Claire is as compelling as the first. Now that Claire knows Jamie survived the slaughter at Culloden, she is faced with the most difficult decision of her life. She aches to travel back through time again to find the love of her life, but, in order to do that, she must leave their daughter behind.

    A User says: "7 Stars!! Brilliant!!"
    "Even better on Audible"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Voyager to be better than the print version?

    I am enjoying the Audio versions to be fantastic in this series..I cant skim read, so I am even more enchanted..


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jamie, swoon... Claire... what a role model...


    What does Davina Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I love Davinas voices, she does it so well.. she is perfect for this story


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am David

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Anne Holm
    • Narrated By Struan Rodger
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (94)

    David escapes from the concentration camp where he has spent his entire life and flees across Europe. He is utterly alone – who can he trust? What will await him? And all the while, how can he be sure that they won’t catch up with him...David learns that his polite manner, his haunted eyes and his thin features are strange to other people. He must learn to fend for himself in this strange new world. This is The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas meets Jonathan Safran Foer for children.

    Nicolette says: "David stole my heart"
    "Brilliant"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of I Am David to be better than the print version?

    I dont know, I havent read the print version


    What other book might you compare I Am David to and why?

    The Book Thief, Room.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I love Davids Journey into Italy, living by the coast


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Davids realisation of who he was, and why he came from where he did.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is moving, profound, innocent, yet worldy, ugly, yet beautiful I loved the narrator , I loved the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (152)

    For almost a quarter of a century, John Grisham's A Time to Kill has captivated readers and listeners with its raw exploration of race, retribution, and justice. Now, its hero, Jake Brigance, returns to the courtroom in a dramatic showdown as Ford County again confronts its tortured history. Filled with the intrigue, suspense and plot twists that are the hallmarks of the world's favourite storyteller, Sycamore Row is the thrilling story of the elusive search for justice in a small American town.

    Madeleine says: "Grisham is all about the craft"
    "Good stand alone story"
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    What did you love best about Sycamore Row?

    I loved the mystery, the secrets and trying to work them out. I love Grishams twists


    Any additional comments?

    The fact that it is a "sequel' Is fairly irrelevant. Grisham has used some of the same lead characters, but the story stands alone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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