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  • The Invention of Wings

  • A Novel
  • By: Sue Monk Kidd
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
  • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,438
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,013
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,016

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!

  • By Jan on 01-09-14

Love, Love, Love This Book

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

Reviewed: 02-07-14

The story is great as well as all of the characters. The narration is wonderfully done with the 2 narrators and Sue Monk Kidd reading the Authors Notes in the end. I was even happier to know it is loosely based on a true story. I am so glad I listened to this one.

  • The Lincoln Lawyer

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Adam Grupper
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,661
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,436
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,437

Haller is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense pro who operates out of the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car, to defend clients at the bottom of the legal food chain. It's no wonder that he is despised by cops, prosecutors, and even some of his own clients. But an investigator is murdered for getting too close to the truth and Haller quickly discovers that his search for innocence has taken him face to face with a kind of evil as pure as a flame.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Narration

  • By Vishruth on 06-18-08

Exciting and Couldn't Wait to Continue

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

Reviewed: 02-04-14

I think this is my first experience with Michael Connelly and I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. I loved the narration and couldn't wait to get back in the car and listen on my 40 minute commute. I will come back to this author again and again.

  • The Book Thief

  • By: Markus Zusak
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,984
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,149

It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I took a chance.

  • By Robert on 08-20-11

Emotionally Moving

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

Reviewed: 02-04-14

I found this book a little slow to get into, but I enjoyed it once I got past the slow beginning. I was emotionally moved and very thankful for people who stand up for what is right, then and now. I think mankind can benefit from the realities presented in this work and I will recommend this to anyone who has feelings.

  • Wildflower Hill

  • By: Kimberley Freeman
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 16 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,111

In 1920s Glasgow, Beattie Blaxland falls pregnant to her married lover Henry just before her nineteenth birthday. Abandoned by her family, Beattie and Henry set sail for a new life in Australia. In 2009, London, prima ballerina Lydia Blaxland-Hunter is also discovering that life can also have its ups and downs. Unable to dance again after a fall, Lydia returns home to Australia to recuperate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Enchanted!

  • By Michael/Victoria on 05-23-13

Very Enjoyable Audiobook

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

Reviewed: 02-04-14

This is my first experience with this author and I really enjoyed the audiobook. I loved the characters and found them to be very realistic. It made me think of how women were treated in the past and how far we have come. I found it emotionally moving and would love to visit some of her other work.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Cuckoo's Calling

  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,964
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,996
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,004

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unbelievable debut mystery set in London

  • By Tracey on 05-26-13

Nice work outside of Harry Potter

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

Reviewed: 10-30-13

What did you love best about The Cuckoo's Calling?

I enjoyed the book, It was well narrated and a good story to listen to. I did enjoy the book.

  • Caught in the Light

  • By: Robert Goddard
  • Narrated by: Michael Kitchen
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 93

On assignment in Vienna, photographer Ian Jarrett falls suddenly and desperately in love with a woman he meets by pure chance, Marian Esguard. Back in England, he separates from his wife and goes to meet Marian at an agreed rendezvous, only to hear her tell him on the telephone that she will not, after all, be coming. Then she vanishes from his life as mysteriously as she entered it. Who and where is the woman he met and fell in love with in Vienna?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Three rules when reading Goddard . . .

  • By Janice on 09-01-13

Good, Could Have Been Excellent

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

Reviewed: 10-30-13

What did you like best about Caught in the Light? What did you like least?

I did enjoy the story, I read the other reviews and I guess I was expecting a little more. I did like the story. I know this is fiction, but it was just not believable enough for me.

If you’ve listened to books by Robert Goddard before, how does this one compare?

No

What about Michael Kitchen’s performance did you like?

I did like Michael Kitchen's performance. He did a fine job.

Was Caught in the Light worth the listening time?

It was good enough

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Unlimited Power

  • By: Anthony Robbins
  • Narrated by: Anthony Robbins
  • Length: 50 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,410
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,833
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,817

Yes, you can do, have, achieve, and create anything you want out of life. Anthony Robbins has proved it. Robbins, the undisputed master of the magic of mind power, shows you in this audio program how to harness yours. He demonstrates passionately and eloquently that whatever you think will be, that your state of mind determines what you can and can't do, and that all successful results can be modeled and duplicated.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I like Tony Robbins a lot but this is not a "book"

  • By Tom on 11-11-11

Good Material Way Too Short

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

Reviewed: 10-30-13

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This was just way too short. I did not realize when I bought it that it was under 1 hour. The information is always helpful, but just not enough.

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • The Secret Life of Bees

  • By: Sue Monk Kidd
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,598
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,915
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,906

Sue Monk Kidd's ravishing debut novel has stolen the hearts of reviewers and readers alike with its strong, assured voice. Set in South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome narrator

  • By Joey on 05-17-10

Emotion Evoking

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

Reviewed: 09-05-13

What did you love best about The Secret Life of Bees?

This book really brought you back in time. Life was so much simpler then. I really enjoyed the everyday life part of the story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Secret Life of Bees?

This book really moved me emotionally.

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

I loved the narration. She brought the feeling of the emotions to this wonderful story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I do not listen to any book in one sitting, I have a long commute and listen in my car.

Any additional comments?

I loved the story, but did find it a little sad.

  • Mistress

  • By: James Patterson, David Ellis
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 541
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 483
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 483

James Patterson's scariest, sexiest stand-alone thriller since The Quickie. Ben isn't like most people. Unable to control his racing thoughts, he's a man consumed by his obsessions: movies, motorcycles, presidential trivia - and Diana Hotchkiss, a beautiful woman Ben knows he can never have. When Diana is found dead outside her apartment, Ben's infatuation drives him on a hunt to find out what happened to the love of his life.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Don't Waste the Money

  • By C. Lusk on 08-11-13

This was the worst book ever, story and narration

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

Reviewed: 08-25-13

What would have made Mistress better?

Concentrating on the story and not the endless unnecessary trivia.

Would you ever listen to anything by James Patterson and David Ellis again?

I will never purchase a newly released book again. I will wait for more reviews.

How could the performance have been better?

It was so hard to listen to in general. The story was bad enough, add the awful narration and it was a two thumbs down!

What character would you cut from Mistress?

I would cut the endless trivia, develop the characters and story without the boring needless useless trivia.

Any additional comments?

Don't bother with this one.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Awaken the Giant Within

  • By: Anthony Robbins
  • Narrated by: Anthony Robbins
  • Length: 1 hr and 31 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,335
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,481
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,417

Anthony Robbins has already unlocked the personal power inside millions of people worldwide. Now, in this revolutionary new audio production based on his enormously popular Date with Destiny seminars, Robbins unleashes the sleeping giant that lies within all of us, teaching us to harness our untapped abilities, talents and skills.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Too short

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-09-15

Lots of Energy

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

Reviewed: 08-18-13

If you could sum up Awaken the Giant Within in three words, what would they be?

Energy, Motivation, Encouragement.

What other book might you compare Awaken the Giant Within to and why?

All self help titles.

Have you listened to any of Anthony Robbins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have listened to several of Tony Robbin's performances and always get lots of energy and motivation from everything he does.

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

He makes you want to get out there and DO IT!