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  • Hell Divers II: Ghosts

  • The Hell Divers Series, Book 2
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,880
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,523
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,498

Ten years ago Hell Diver Xavier "X" Rodriguez fell to Earth. Those he left behind went on without him aboard the airship he once called home. Michael Everheart - the boy once known as Tin - has grown into a man and the commander of Hell Diver Raptor Team. While Michael dives to help keep the Hive in the air, Captain Leon Jordan rules with an iron fist at the helm of the ship. But unrest stirs under his strict leadership as a prophecy of hope sweeps the lower decks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't wait for the next book!

  • By Todd (Toad) Vogel on 07-31-17

All But The End

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

I enjoyed the book except for the abrupt ending. I know it's a series and the author wants us to keep listening, but, come on, if we've invested this far, we're going to get book three. Give us some sort of conclusion, then make us want to listen further with the anticipation of things to come.

  • Their Eyes Were Watching God

  • By: Zora Neale Hurston
  • Narrated by: Ruby Dee
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,252
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,505
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,491

Their Eyes Were Watching God, an American classic, is the luminous and haunting novel about Janie Crawford, a Southern Black woman in the 1930s, whose journey from a free-spirited girl to a woman of independence and substance has inspired writers and readers for close to 70 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ruby Dee is amazing

  • By Jennifer on 04-20-13

What a Beautiful Production

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

Reviewed: 03-08-18

I usually enjoy a book, even an audiobook, for primarily the story. This one is a total production. The writing is poetic and beautiful. The narrator is phenomenal! I even liked the music between chapters (I usually find that distracting). Highly recommend.

  • Heft

  • By: Liz Moore
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,837
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,835

Forrmer academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career - if he can untangle himself from his family drama.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing--Captivating--Altering

  • By Mel on 04-19-12

Ultimately, Hope

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

Reviewed: 03-07-18

I was captivated by all the characters, especially Arthur and Kel, and was very interested in their eventual outcomes. I liked their individual story lines and would have even liked to hear a little more about the time after their lives intersected. I was glad that despite their challenges, ultimately I was hopeful about their futures.

I thought the two narrators were very good and captured the frailties and strengths of their respective characters and allowed them to be believable, likeable, and respectable.

  • The Scarlet Pimpernel

  • By: Baroness Orczy
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 954
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 766
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 771

"Who is this man, this Scarlet Pimpernel?" Each day this question grew more pressing to the leaders of the French Revolution. Only this man and his band of followers threatened their total power. Only this maddeningly elusive figure defied the vast network of fanatics, informers, and secret agents that the Revolution spread out to catch its enemies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good read/good listen

  • By Jaime on 04-25-11

Fun, Light Adventure

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

Reviewed: 03-04-18

I got this book because it was on sale and probably wouldn't have considered it otherwise, but that would have been my loss. It was a fun, light adventure. Even though it was predictable, it kept me listening - just one more chapter and another and another. I thought the narrator was great. Very fun listen.

  • The Heart's Invisible Furies

  • A Novel
  • By: John Boyne
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan
  • Length: 21 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,529
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,443
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,443

Cyril Avery is not a real Avery - or at least that's what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn't a real Avery, then who is he? Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding. A Must listen.

  • By Keith G on 09-04-17

Ring of Truth

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

Reviewed: 02-06-18

Although fictional, this novel has such a ring of truth that I had to double-check to make sure it was not an autobiography. This book was captivating and engaging. It is hard to believe that such feelings were prevalent as recently as the time of this novel. For me the very best moment of the book was when Cyril realized that he was happy; he really deserved it, and that he achieved it made me wish he were a real person.

  • The Lilac Bouquet

  • By: Carolyn Brown
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,886
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,872

Come hell or high water, Emmy Jo Massey will have a wedding. After three generations of Massey women with children out of wedlock, she wants the whole town of Hickory, Texas, to witness the legitimacy of her union with Logan Grady. But dream weddings aren't cheap. So she accepts a highly lucrative stint as a home health assistant to retired realtor, and town recluse, Seth Thomas - a decision her great-grandmother Tandy is dead-set against.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this book!

  • By Mercy Boujarwah on 09-28-17

Pleasant

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

Reviewed: 02-06-18

"Pleasant" would be my one-word description of this audiobook. That word would describe the majority of the characters, the narrator, and my overall reaction to this book. It is also fairly predictable. I would recommend not using a credit on this, but if you can get it on sale, I'd say go for it.

  • Once We Were Brothers

  • By: Ronald H. Balson
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,904
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,765
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,755

Elliot Rosenzweig, a respected civic leader and philanthropist, is attending a fundraiser when he is suddenly accosted and accused of being a former Nazi SS officer named Otto Piatek, the Butcher of Zamosc. Although the charges are denounced as preposterous, his accuser is convinced he is right and engages attorney Catherine Lockhart to bring Rosenzweig to justice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5-Star Thriller with History and Heart

  • By Ella on 11-22-14

Compelling

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

Reviewed: 01-13-18

This is one of the most compelling novels I've listened to in a long time! I feel like my journey with Ben pretty much paralleled Catherine's. At first I was irritated that he would not just get on with it, but, like Catherine, I was soon won over and advocating for him.

The book captured my attention from the very start, and I was always eager to get back to Ben's story. Initially I was a bit distracted by the shifts from present to past but got used to that.

I took off one star for the narrator because, although I thought he did a good job with all the voices (male and female alike), there were a number of times that I became aware of the narration more than the story.

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  • 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 14,427
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,359
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,290

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

Definite Thumbs Up

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

Reviewed: 01-03-18

I enjoyed the intertwining stories of the two women. A couple reviewers mentioned the breathiness of the narrator. I have to say that I didn't notice that at all. I thought the narrator did a good job with the different voices, keeping them identifiable, and I thought her performance was very good as well.

I would definitely recommend this audiobook, perhaps more to women than men.

  • Allie and Bea

  • By: Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo, Janet Metzger
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,868
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,574
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,571

Bea has barely been scraping by since her husband died. After falling for a telephone scam, she loses everything and is forced to abandon her trailer. With only two-thirds of a tank in her old van, she heads toward the Pacific Ocean with her cat - on a mission to reclaim what's rightfully hers, even if it means making others pay for what she lost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I did not see this coming

  • By Lolasark on 07-19-17

Not My Favorite

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

Reviewed: 12-03-17

I didn't enjoy Allie and Bea as much as other Catherine Ryan Hyde novels I've read, I think because I was not able to warm up to Bea. I wanted to, but my feelings for Bea started off badly and never really improved.

Aside from that, I didn't think the narration enhanced the book. And I thought the two-narrator format did not really work for this book. Each narrator spoke from the point of view either Allie or Bea, but within those chapters when the other character spoke it would be not in the "correct" voice, which was sometimes a little distracting.

The conclusion was satisfying and made me glad I stuck it out to the end. If you absolutely love Catherine Ryan Hyde novels, you'll probably still enjoy this one (as the many positive reviews indicate). This was just not one of my favorites.

  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

  • By: Jonas Jonasson
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,064
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,432
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,464

After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ages Well

  • By Dennis on 10-21-12

Only Mildly Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 11-26-17

I regret to say that for me this was only mildly entertaining. It was charming in that it featured a 100-year-old man who makes a getaway from a restrictive rest home, and who wouldn't cheer for that? But Allan for me was not particularly likeable, and the story had him meandering through historical events that for me were only mildly entertaining. Maybe it's one of those stories where "you just had to be there." 2-1/2 stars rounded up to 3. Glad I didn't spend a credit on it.