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  • The Orphan's Tale

  • By: Pam Jenoff
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Wydra, Kyla Garcia
  • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,539
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,353
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,341

Sixteen-year-old Noa has been cast out in disgrace after becoming pregnant by a Nazi soldier and being forced to give up her baby. She lives above a small rail station, which she cleans in order to earn her keep. When Noa discovers a boxcar containing dozens of Jewish infants bound for a concentration camp, she is reminded of the child that was taken from her. And in a moment that will change the course of her life, she snatches one of the babies and flees into the snowy night.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Sappy and tedious

  • By Churchill on 03-23-17

Amazing Story!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-06-18

This has been an amazing story!! The performance made the telling even better! I highly recommend it!
The narrators did a very good job narrating this story, I feel it added to it even more!
It is a very different kind of WWII story. Much different than any story I've ever heard before. It has so many unexpected events that happen and a very unexpected ending. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • From Sand and Ash

  • By: Amy Harmon
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,029
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,683
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,667

As children, Eva Rosselli and Angelo Bianco were raised like family but divided by circumstance and religion. As the years go by, the two find themselves falling in love. But the church calls to Angelo and, despite his deep feelings for Eva, he chooses the priesthood. Now, more than a decade later, Angelo is a Catholic priest and Eva is a woman with nowhere to turn. With the Gestapo closing in, Angelo hides Eva within the walls of a convent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such beauty in the darkest of times <3

  • By featherlashes on 12-04-16

Highly Recommended!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-05-18

The story itself, as well as the performance is very good!! I highly recommend it to any adult interested in WWII stories.
There is a little bit of sexual content, so I do not recommend it be listened to around kids or teens.

  • Nomadland

  • Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century
  • By: Jessica Bruder
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 668
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 608
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 606

From the beet fields of North Dakota to the wilderness campgrounds of California to an Amazon warehouse in Texas, people who once might have kicked back to enjoy their sunset years are hard at work. Underwater on mortgages or finding that Social Security comes up short, they're hitting the road in astonishing numbers, forming a new community of nomads: RV and van-dwelling migrant laborers, or "workampers".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Both heartbreaking and inspiring

  • By Lili on 01-11-18

very interesting story!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-18

The story is very interesting! what an interesting way of life. I got this book because I have been thinking of trying to live in my car throughout the summer and traveling for work. Thought I might learn something from it, and I did!!
The narrator was good, but her voice got old after awhile. I had to pause and listen to something else after listening for a little while. Narrator could add some excitement in her voice to make the narrative more interesting and help hold the readers attention.
Overall, the audiobook was done very well.
Author gets 5 stars for the book
Narrator gets 4 stars.

  • Indian Captive

  • The Story of Mary Jemison
  • By: Lois Lenski
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

Twelve-year-old Mary Jemison took for granted her peaceful days on her family's farm in eastern Pennsylvania. But on a spring day in 1758, something happened that changed her life forever. When a band of warriors invades the Jemisons' house and takes the family captive, Mary is separated from her parents and siblings. She travels with the Indians to southern Ohio and later to a Seneca village on the Genesee River in what is now western New York.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful!

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-05-17

Good story, but lacks energy and suspense

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-13-18

This is a good story, but lacks the energy and suspense I was hoping for. would be great for preteens and young teenagers.
Overall, the narrator is what kept me plodding through it. The narrator did an AMAZING job and I would certainly listen to this narrator again!!

  • The Alice Network

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Quinn
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 15 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,051
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,084
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,030

In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We are standing on the shoulders of giants...

  • By Marie on 02-25-18

Good story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-07-18

this was a good story and the narrator did a very good job telling it. however, there is one thing I thought it could use less of. it had too much detail on the sex scenes, which I could do without. other than that, it was an extremely good story. it was quite mysterious and kept me on the edge. never wanted to stop listening!!

  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky

  • A Novel
  • By: Mark Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,086
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,677
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,632

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He's a normal Italian teenager - obsessed with music, food, and girls - but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino's parents force him to enlist as a German soldier - a move they think will keep him out of combat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Thing? It Really Happened!

  • By Charles Atkinson on 08-07-17

Never heard a WWII story like it!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-03-18

Most WWII stories do not tell anything from the Nazi point of view. they are typically about those who helped Jews escape. This story is different. Pino goes from helping Jews escape to working for the Nazis!
It's an incredible story that tells the story of an Italian boy with lots of guts!
I thought of my grandpa a lot while listening to the story. He was a spy during WWII.
The narrator did a very good job with voice changes for characters, although it was a bit creepy at different times.
I rate this a 5 star story!!

  • Teach Like Finland

  • 33 Simple Strategies for Joyful Classrooms
  • By: Timothy D. Walker
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

Finland shocked the world when its 15-year-olds scored highest on the first Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a set of tests touted for evaluating critical-thinking skills in math, science, and reading. That was in 2001; but even today, this tiny Nordic nation continues to amaze. How does Finnish education - with short school days, light homework loads, and little standardized testing - produce students who match the PISA scores of high-powered, stressed-out kids in Asia?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Helpful in Encouraging Me in Teaching

  • By ME on 01-25-18

Very Helpful in Encouraging Me in Teaching

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-25-18

This book has been very helpful in Encouraging me, a fairly new teacher, in the field of education. I have always had thoughts in my mind about how a good solid education system would work and this book basically told me that my thoughts are very rational, although it did add many points that I had never thought of that would make my career so much easier and less work!
the narrator's voice did get old after awhile and I had to pause to take a break from it. the voice is not particularly annoying in itself, but lacks the use of different tones and expression.
overall, it was excellent and would recommend this audio book to fellow teachers!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Before We Were Yours

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Wingate
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Catherine Taber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,411
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25,923
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,810

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family's Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge - until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents - but they quickly realize the dark truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I was rivetted, finished in three days.

  • By Lin Cloward on 06-26-17

A heart wrenching story!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-22-18

When I began this story, I couldn't stop until it was finished!! the narrator's did a fantastic job performing the story as well. It was such a mystery and surprising things happening around each corner, it kept me up at night listening to it!! The saddest part is it is based on true events!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ella Enchanted

  • By: Gail Carson Levine
  • Narrated by: Eden Riegel
  • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 745
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 549
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 555

Ella of Frell wants nothing more than to be free of Lucinda's gift of obedience and feel that she belongs to herself. For how can she truly belong to herself if she knows that at any time, anyone can order her to hop on one foot, cut off her hand, or betray her kingdom, and she'll have to obey?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a fun twist on the Cinderella Story

  • By Mary A. on 02-03-04

good

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-25-17

it was very well done. the only thing that bothered me somewhat is the narrator's voice. Narrator sounds like a child's voice, which kind of confused me at first because it made me think the main character was a child, too, although she was supposed to be much older than I was imagining her to be.
I did get used to the voice, though, and then it didn't bother me so much.

  • Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep

  • By: Gail Carson Levine
  • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie
  • Length: 1 hr and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

A spiteful fairy. A beautiful princess. An outstretched finger. A spindle. A hundred-year snooze. A charming prince. A kiss. All the familiar ingredients.

But wait! Where did that extra prince come from? And those fairy gifts that were never there before? And what does a flock of balding sheep have to do with anything?

Gail Carson Levine has waved her magic wand over the old standby of "Sleeping Beauty" and presto! It reappears, transformed, sparkling, and hilarious. Chuckles and giggles are guaranteed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • good version of Sleeping Beauty

  • By ME on 09-04-17

good version of Sleeping Beauty

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-17

The story was good, but it was also short. Any kid would like to listen to it.