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  • An Echo in the Bone

  • A Novel
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 45 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,157
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,364
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13,323

Jamie Fraser knows from his time-traveling wife Claire that, no matter how unlikely it seems, America will win the Revolutionary War. But that truth offers little solace, since Jamie realizes he might find himself pointing a weapon directly at his own son - a young officer in the British army. And Jamie isn't the only one with a tormented soul - for Claire may know who wins the conflict, but she certainly doesn't know whether or not her beloved Jamie survives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read all of Gabaldon's stuff before this one

  • By Charles on 10-17-09

ONLY THE AUTHOR KNOWS WHAT IS GOING ON!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-22-11

Tried twice to listen to this book, so poorly written it is too hard to follow the story line. I think it is about time travel, but neither myself or husband could follow. Want my money back!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

  • By: John Irving
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 26 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,935
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,943

Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Painfully nostalgic

  • By Barry on 07-29-15

EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-22-11

I really enjoyed this book, keeps reader interested and waiting for the next part. Highly recommend!

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Saving Ceecee Honeycutt

  • By: Beth Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,973
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,564
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,584

Laugh-out-loud funny and deeply touching, Beth Hoffman's sparkling debut is, as Kristin Hannah says, "packed full of Southern charm, strong women, wacky humor, and good old-fashioned heart." It is a novel that explores the indomitable strengths of female friendship and gives us the story of a young girl who loses one mother and finds many others.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Comfort Food For The Soul

  • By Karen on 02-17-10

SAVING CEECEE HONEYCUTT

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-07-11

This was a really interesting and enjoyable book. Makes you think about what many children's lives are like in the world with dysfunctional families.

  • Water for Elephants

  • By: Sara Gruen
  • Narrated by: David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,460
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,357
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,437

Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is what Audiobook should be...

  • By Theodore on 06-09-12

WATER FOR ELEPHANTS

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-07-11

Really enjoyed this book, wasn't too sure about it in the beginning, but the book shocked me and made me laugh!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Room

  • A Novel
  • By: Emma Donoghue
  • Narrated by: Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,399
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,376

To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A truly memorable read

  • By Kathleen on 09-16-10

ROOM

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-07-11

Not a bad book, got kinda tired of the kid in the beginning, but did keep my attention.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • One Second After

  • By: William R. Forstchen
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,948
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,051
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,075

Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Realistic Worst Nightmare

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 03-02-17

ONE SECOND AFTER

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-07-11

This was an excellent book, really make you think about things! Enjoyed tremendously! A must read!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Skippy Dies

  • By: Paul Murray
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber, Fred Berman, Clodagh Bowyer, and others
  • Length: 23 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,724
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,093
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,112

This touching and uproarious novel by author Paul Murray made everyone’s best fiction of 2010 lists, including The Washington Post, Financial Times, Village Voice, and others. Why Skippy dies and what happens next is the mystery that links the boys of Dublin’s Seabrook College (Ruprecht Van Doren, the overweight genius obsessed with string theory; Carl, the teenager drug dealer and borderline psychotic; Philip Kilfether, the basketball-playing midget) to their parents and teachers in ways that no one could have imagined.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Funny, touching, entertaining

  • By Chicago Laura on 01-22-11

SKIPPY DIES

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-07-11

Sorry, tried to read this book but my mind kept wondering, couldn't get into the story, was really kinda stupid!

0 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Cutting for Stone

  • A Novel
  • By: Abraham Verghese
  • Narrated by: Sunil Malhotra
  • Length: 23 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,711
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,904
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,914

Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning

  • By A4153 on 05-10-09

CUTTING FOR STONE

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-07-11

Was slow in beginning, but I really enjoyed this book and had a twist at end I didnt expect!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sula

  • By: Toni Morrison
  • Narrated by: Toni Morrison
  • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 435
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 343

Two girls who grow up to become women...two friends who become something worse than enemies. In this brilliantly imagined novel, Toni Morrison tells the story of Nel Wright and Sula Peace, who meet as children in the small town of Medallion, Ohio. Their devotion is fierce enough to withstand bullies and the burden of a dreadful secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good against evil and a riotous story to boot

  • By Karen on 04-11-11

SULA

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-07-11

Your kidding me, Oprah's List?? Did she even read it! Terrible book! I finished it hoping it would improve, did not!

1 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • We Were the Mulvaneys

  • By: Joyce Carol Oates
  • Narrated by: J. Todd Adams
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52

The Mulvaneys are blessed by all that makes life sweet: a hardworking father, a loving mother, three fine sons, and a bright, pretty daughter. But an incident occurs on Valentine's Day, 1976 - hushed up in the rural town of Mt. Ephraim, New York and never spoken of in the Mulvaney home - that rends the fabric of their family life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Doesn't ring true

  • By Moire on 09-12-03

WE WERE THE MULVANEYS

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-07-11

Very slow paced and not interesting at all, thought it would get better, but didn't.