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Woodruff, SC, United States
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  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

  • By: Garth Stein
  • Narrated by: Christopher Evan Welch
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,848
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,078
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,083

Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enzo (because he's so wize) for president.

  • By Lora on 06-17-08

Good story, neat perspective

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

Reviewed: 05-29-15

I enjoyed the story, especially the point of view. Though light hearted overall, I still found it sad,

  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

  • A Novel
  • By: Rachel Joyce
  • Narrated by: Jim Broadbent
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,345
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,610
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,617

Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Walkabout

  • By FanB14 on 07-01-13

Reflective and touching

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

Reviewed: 03-29-15

This story reminds me of Thoreau's words, "The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation." It is bittersweet, but I enjoyed it.

  • All the Light We Cannot See

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Doerr
  • Narrated by: Zach Appelman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,073
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,568
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,574

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Afraid to Write a "Less-Than-Positive" Review

  • By Elizabeth on 08-06-14

Well worth your listening time

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

Reviewed: 01-24-15

This was a moving, beautifully poetic and, yet, melancholy book. I enjoyed it very much. It is a story about people in a time of war.

  • Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key

  • By: Jack Gantos
  • Narrated by: Jack Gantos
  • Length: 2 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

Joey Pigza can't sit still. He can't pay attention, he can't follow the rules, and he can't help it -- especially when his meds aren't working. Joey's had problems ever since he was born, problems just like his dad and grandma have. And whether he's wreaking havoc on a class trip or swallowing his house key, Joey's problems are getting worse. In fact, his behavior is so off the wall that his teachers are threatening to send him to the special-ed center downtown.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good or bad

  • By JoLyn Skinner on 03-11-16

a great look at ADHD

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-22-11

This story sheds light on the thought process of someone with ADHD. It was enjoyable and well read.

  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 36,221
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22,230
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 22,251

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great surprise!

  • By Jan on 12-02-09

A great look into the not so distant past

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-22-11

I really enjoyed this book! It is very well read, and it reveals a glimpse of the racial discrimination isn't so far in the past. I didn't live through that period, but many in the generation before me did, and the author described it so well that it helped me to better understand the racial tension that still exists in our country today.

  • People of the Book

  • By: Geraldine Brooks
  • Narrated by: Edwina Wren
  • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,694
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,090
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,081

This ambitious, electrifying work traces the harrowing journey of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, a beautifully illuminated Hebrew manuscript created in 15th-century Spain.

When it falls to Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, to conserve this priceless work, the series of tiny artifacts she discovers in its ancient binding - an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair - only begin to unlock its deep mysteries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing, fabulous, wonderful!!!

  • By Yvette on 03-13-09

Excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-22-11

I loved the way this story was tied together! It is the story of an ancient book and all the people who have preserved it. It is a story of religion and art. It is also a kind of mystery as the main character investigates and uncovers the secrets that the book contains.

  • Three Cups of Tea

  • One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations
  • By: Greg Mortenson, David Oliver Relin
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,562
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 764
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 790

In 1993 Greg Mortenson was the exhausted survivor of a failed attempt to ascend K2, an American climbing bum wandering emaciated and lost through Pakistan's Karakoram Himalaya. After he was taken in and nursed back to health by the people of an impoverished Pakistani village, Mortenson promised to return one day and build them a school. From that rash, earnest promise grew one of the most incredible humanitarian campaigns of our time: Greg Mortenson's one-man mission to counteract extremism by building schools, especially for girls, throughout the breeding ground of the Taliban.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A Fraud

  • By Sara on 02-23-16

Inspiring - definitely worth the time

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-22-11

This non-fiction story is an amazing account of philanthropy. Although I did not particulary care for the reader, the story made it completely worthwhile. It is heart wrenching to think about the desperation some people in our world have for the opportunity to receive an education, especially when comparing that desperation to the nonchalance - or even at times disdain - with which many American children approach their education. As with most non-fiction, the story moved a little slow, but it touched my heart in a way that fiction cannot, and I would highly reccommend it.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Battle

  • The Chronicles of Narnia
  • By: C.S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Patrick Stewart
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,258
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,433
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,455

The Unicorn says that humans are brought to Narnia only in time of greatest need, and that time is now. The great Lion Aslan, the heart of Narnia, is missing. An impostor roams the land in his place, enslaving Aslan's loyal creatures and spreading treachery and lies. Only King Tirian and his small band of loyal followers are left to fight the last battle in this magnificent ending to The Chronicles of Narnia.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sad to get to the end...

  • By Sarah on 03-01-07

A good ending

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

Reviewed: 06-22-11

The whole Narnia series was great, but this was the only book in it that I listened to . I loved the fact that Patrick Stewart narrated it. It was shorter than I expected. The ending was perfect - though bittersweet, and it was appropriate for the allegory.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

  • By: Mark Haddon
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,727
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,846
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,866

Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone has Asperger's Syndrome, a condition similar to autism. He doesn't like to be touched or meet new people, he cannot make small talk, and he hates the colors brown and yellow. He is a math whiz with a very logical brain who loves solving puzzles that have definite answers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Unexpected Gift.

  • By Amanda on 12-07-11

Insightful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-22-11

This book was enjoyable to listen to and provided insight about the thought process of someone challenged by mental problems (some kind of autism). It was interesting and a good length, and it wrapped up the story very nicely. I listened to it with my 13 year old son, and while mostly beneficial for him to hear, there were several parts with very harsh language.

  • The Lacuna

  • By: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Narrated by: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Length: 19 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,208
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 652
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 655

Born in the United States, but reared in Mexico, Harrison Shepherd finds precarious shelter but no sense of home on his thrilling odyssey. Life is whatever he learns from housekeepers and, one fateful day, by mixing plaster for famed muralist Diego Rivera. When he goes to work for Rivera, his wife, exotic artist Kahlo, and exiled leader Lev Trotsky, Shepherd inadvertently casts his lot with art and revolution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story!

  • By Lia on 05-20-10

Great story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-22-11

This was a great story. It was pleasant to listen to, moved forward, connected its various parts, and had interesting characters and different settings. It had just enough tidbits of history to appease my interest without being dry. The ending was satisfying.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful