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  • Love and Ruin

  • By: Paula McLain
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

In 1937, 28-year-old Martha Gellhorn travels alone to Madrid to report on the atrocities of the Spanish Civil War and becomes drawn to the stories of ordinary people caught in the devastating conflict. It's the adventure she's been looking for and her chance to prove herself a worthy journalist in a field dominated by men. But she also finds herself unexpectedly - and uncontrollably - falling in love with Hemingway, a man on his way to becoming a legend. In the shadow of the impending Second World War, Martha and Ernest's relationship and their professional careers ignite.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reflection and Immersion

  • By Jeff P in Houston on 05-13-18

Doomed Romance

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

This couple's (Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn) relationship seemed doomed from the beginning. Martha should have followed her original instincts and not married Ernest. Both parties were at fault for the failure of this marriage, but in this book, Gellhorn appeared to be quite self-centered. I didn't care for her constant, "but what about me and my career" attitude. It is hard for me to like a book, if I do not like the personality of the main characters. I listened to the audible version of this book and enjoyed the narrator's "Hemingway voice."

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Higher Loyalty

  • Truth, Lies, and Leadership
  • By: James Comey
  • Narrated by: James Comey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13,941
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,744
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,701

In his audiobook, A Higher Loyalty, former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of powe, and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Than Trump: All Comey's Life/Working Years--

  • By Gillian on 04-17-18

Honorable Man

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

Reviewed: 05-06-18

First rate story teller, tragic outcome. A good way to judge whether an independent agency, like the FBI, is doing a good job, is when all political sides feel they are not. This is a man to be honored.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • An Honorable Man

  • A Novel
  • By: Paul Vidich
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 57

Washington DC, 1953. The Cold War is heating up: McCarthyism, with all its fear and demagoguery, is raging in the nation's capital, and Joseph Stalin's death has left a dangerous power vacuum in the Soviet Union. The CIA, meanwhile, is reeling from a double agent within their midst. Someone is selling secrets to the Soviets, compromising missions around the globe. Undercover agents have been assassinated, and anti-Communist plots are being cut short in ruthlessly efficient fashion.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Parody?

  • By Edgar on 01-29-18

Who's Honorable?

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

Reviewed: 05-06-18

This was a good story but lacks some of the literary style of John LeCarre, one of my favorite spy novel writers.

  • Until I Met Her

  • By: Natalie Barelli
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 245
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 243

Beatrice Johnson Greene, a bestselling crime writer, has an unusual favor to ask. When a chance encounter brings Emma Fern into her life, she thinks she's found just the person for the job. Soon Beatrice will wish they'd never met. For Emma, desperate to please, it's an offer she can't refuse. All she has to do is lend her name to Beatrice's next novel, her first in a new genre. But when the book becomes a huge triumph, Emma finds herself the toast of the literary world.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Listen to a sample..

  • By Suzanna on 10-22-17

No Nice People

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

No likable people in this novel. All have their own agendas, except for maybe sweet Frankie. It was thought provoking -- what's going to happen next?, who's going to get caught doing what? Kept me guessing until the last three chapters when I had an inkling, and then several inklings. I liked it, even though she used the verb, vibrate, too often.

  • Finding Iris Chang

  • Friendship, Ambition, and the Loss of an Extraordinary Mind
  • By: Paula Kamen
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

Iris Chang, the best-selling author of The Rape of Nanking and a tireless human-rights activist, symbolized strength to many in the literary and social-justice worlds. Her fearless reputation made it all the more shocking when she committed suicide in 2004 at age 36. Long-time friend Paula Kamen reveals for the first time the private Iris behind the bold, international celebrity. She offers a tribute to the lost heroine while attempting to explain Iris' tragic psychological decline.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • High Achiever

  • By Ray Stewart on 04-24-18

High Achiever

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

Reviewed: 04-24-18

Having read Iris Chang's book, "The Rape of Nanking," I was interested in learning more about her. This book, "Finding Iris Chang," was written by a friend and colleague of Iris's, who admired her and explored why such a talented person would take her own life. While I was interested in the details of Iris's life, I decided I had learned enough and stopped about three-fourths of the way through the book.

  • The Wife Between Us

  • By: Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,314
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,271

When you listen to this audiobook, you will make many assumptions. You will assume you are listening to a story about a jealous ex-wife. You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement - a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love. You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle. Assume nothing. Twisted and deliciously chilling, The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage - and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the reviews that claim it's confusing...

  • By Claudia H on 01-12-18

Too Detailed

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

Reviewed: 04-20-18

I don't really need to know that she put salt and pepper on her eggs. This novel had way too much detail of incidental events and actions that added nothing to the story. Just getting dressed took a whole paragraph, so there is anticipation that this exhaustive explanation is going to lead to something important to the action. It doesn't. This goes on continuous throughout the book and detracts from the plot.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Every Note Played

  • By: Lisa Genova
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris, Dagmara Dominczyk, Lisa Genova - afterword
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180

From neuroscientist and New York Times bestselling author of Still Alice comes a powerful and heartbreaking exploration of regret, forgiveness, freedom, and what it means to be alive.

An accomplished concert pianist, Richard received standing ovations from audiences all over the world in awe of his rare combination of emotional resonance and flawless technique. Every finger of his hands was a finely calibrated instrument, dancing across the keys and striking each note with exacting precision. That was eight months ago.

Richard now has ALS, and his entire right arm is paralyzed. His fingers are impotent, still, devoid of possibility. The loss of his hand feels like a death, a loss of true love, a divorce—his divorce.

He knows his left arm will go next.

Three years ago, Karina removed their framed wedding picture from the living room wall and hung a mirror there instead. But she still hasn’t moved on. Karina is paralyzed by excuses and fear, stuck in an unfulfilling life as a piano teacher, afraid to pursue the path she abandoned as a young woman, blaming Richard and their failed marriage for all of it.

When Richard becomes increasingly paralyzed and is no longer able to live on his own, Karina becomes his reluctant caretaker. As Richard’s muscles, voice, and breath fade, both he and Karina try to reconcile their past before it’s too late.

Poignant and powerful, Every Note Played is a masterful exploration of redemption and what it means to find peace inside of forgiveness.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Nearly As Good As Her Others

  • By Wendi on 03-23-18

Living with ALS

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

Reviewed: 04-11-18

Lisa Genova has once again written a book about a terrible disease and given a thorough understand of what day-to-day life would be with ALS. Her comparisons of the continually increasing horrors of ALS to other ordinary details of daily existence kept this book from being maudlin.

  • The Girl Before

  • A Novel
  • By: J. P. Delaney
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox, Finty Williams, Lise Aagaard Knudsen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,465
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,142
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,121

Reeling from a traumatic break-in, Emma wants a new place to live. But none of the apartments she sees are affordable or feel safe. Until One Folgate Street. The house is an architectural masterpiece: a minimalist design of pale stone, plate glass, and soaring ceilings. But there are rules. The enigmatic architect who designed the house retains full control: no books, no throw pillows, no photos or clutter or personal effects of any kind. The space is intended to transform its occupant - and it does.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A unique kind of awful

  • By Grant Fieldgrove on 03-29-17

Who Controls Who

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

Reviewed: 04-04-18

Not a lot room for one's imagination with the explicit sex scenes, but there are several interesting twists and turns in this thriller. Control freaks abound.

  • The Last Painting of Sara de Vos

  • A Novel
  • By: Dominic Smith
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,278
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,161
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,157

In 1631, Sara de Vos is admitted as a master painter to the Guild of St. Luke's in Holland, the first woman to be so recognized. Three hundred years later, only one work attributed to de Vos is known to remain - a haunting winter scene, At the Edge of a Wood, which hangs over the bed of a wealthy descendant of the original owner. An Australian grad student, Ellie Shipley, struggling to stay afloat in New York, agrees to paint a forgery of the landscape, a decision that will haunt her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Story Definitely NOT a Forgery!

  • By KarKinz on 05-13-16

Not Your Typical Forgery Story

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

Reviewed: 03-30-18

Very different from the usual story about the forgery or thief of a famous painting. The author's prose were beautiful and the narrator's voice on the audio edition was perfect. I enjoyed learning about this female Dutch painter from the 17th Century.

  • I Have the Right To

  • A High School Survivor's Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope
  • By: Chessy Prout, Jenn Abelson - contributor
  • Narrated by: Chessy Prout
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11

In 2014, Chessy Prout was a freshman at St. Paul's School, a prestigious boarding school in New Hampshire, when a senior boy sexually assaulted her as part of a ritualized game of conquest. Chessy bravely reported her assault to the police and testified against her attacker in court. Then, in the face of unexpected backlash from her once-trusted school community, she shed her anonymity to help other survivors find their voice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Joshua D. Morton on 03-28-18

A Must Read for Teens

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

Reviewed: 03-16-18

This book should be mandatory reading for all teens, and their parents. It was horrifying to hear what Chessy Prout went through. She is a courageous survivor of rape, at age 15, while attending a boarding school where sex rituals by senior boys were the norm. She bravely came forward and suffered through a trial and was ostracized by many of the students at her school. She is fighting for justice for high school and college victims of sexual predation.