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  • When We Were Sisters

  • By: Emilie Richards
  • Narrated by: Karen White, Elijah Alexander, Rachel Fulginiti
  • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,378
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,264
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,267

As children in foster care, Cecilia and Robin vowed they would be the sisters they had never had. Cecelia, now a superstar singer-songwriter, is living life on the edge. Robin set aside her career as a successful photojournalist to create the loving family she always yearned for. But gazing through a wide-angle lens at both past and future, she sees that her marriage is disintegrating. Her attorney husband is rarely home. She and the children need Kris' love and attention, but does Kris need them?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An incredible journey!

  • By Terri C. on 02-02-17

Don't waste a credit on this one

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

Reviewed: 06-28-17

A somewhat outlandish story that drags on far too long. But the worst part was the narrator reading the Robin part. Yuck An annoying, long suffering, whiny voice. The other two narrators were fine but I could barely stand to listen to the Robin parts.

  • Blind Your Ponies

  • By: Stanley Gordon West
  • Narrated by: Traber Burns
  • Length: 19 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327

Sam Pickett never expected to settle in this dried-up shell of a town on the western edge of the world. He’s come here to hide from the violence and madness that have shattered his life, but what he finds is what he least expects. It seems that every inhabitant of this forgotten outpost has a story, a reason for taking a detour to this place—or a reason for staying.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Listen

  • By Tracy on 03-03-12

Loved this book!

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

Reviewed: 03-05-17

Oh my! What a great story of friendship, the power of community, broken lives, despair and hope One of the best books I've read in a long, long time.

  • The Opposite of Everyone

  • A Novel
  • By: Joshilyn Jackson
  • Narrated by: Joshilyn Jackson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,354
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,253
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,248

A fiercely independent divorce lawyer learns the power of family and connection when she receives a cryptic message from her estranged mother in this bittersweet, witty novel from the nationally best-selling author of Someone Else's Love Story and Gods in Alabama - an emotionally resonant tale about the endurance of love and the power of stories to shape and transform our lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Goddess of destruction and rebirth

  • By Janice on 06-27-16

Jackson comes through again with another great story

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

Reviewed: 12-05-16

The narration is mixed. Women's voices are great(especially Candace) but men's voices not so great.
I like all her books and this one is good too. A little weird but in the end, it all comes together

  • The Quaker Café

  • By: Brenda Bevan Remmes
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 488
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 436

When Liz Hoole, a free-spirited liberal from the Midwest, marries into a conservative Quaker family, she knows that raising children in compliance with Quaker values will be challenging. Twenty-five years later, she still feels like she's falling short of expectations. Fortunately, her faith and her friends in the small, rural North Carolina town of Cedar Branch keep her strong.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Misses The Mark For Me

  • By Sara on 11-25-15

Enjoyable read

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

Reviewed: 12-20-15

Please have your narrators learn the correct pronunciation of regional words. Southerners don't pronounce pecans "pee cans". It's p'cahn. Drove me nuts. No pun intended. Otherwise enjoyed the book

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Nothing Girl

  • The Frogmorton Farm Series, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,403
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,248
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,243

Getting a life isn't always easy. And hanging on to it is even harder.... Jodi Taylor brings all her comic writing skills to this heartwarming tale of self-discovery. Known as The Nothing Girl because of her severe stutter and chronically low self-confidence, Jenny Dove is only just prevented from ending it all by the sudden appearance of Thomas, a mystical golden horse only she can see. Under his guidance Jenny unexpectedly acquires a husband - the charming and chaotic Russell Checkland.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So much better than I expected

  • By Marilyn Armstrong on 07-25-15

I loved this book from the beginning to the very end

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

Reviewed: 10-05-15

Beautiful narration. Lovely story. Interesting characters. And a happy ending. One of my favorites of the year!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Wonder of All Things

  • By: Jason Mott
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 537
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 480
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 482

On an ordinary day, at an air show like that in any small town across the country, a plane crashes into a crowd of spectators, killing and injuring dozens. But when the dust clears, a thirteen-year-old girl named Ava is found huddled beneath a pocket of rubble with her best friend, Wash. He is injured and bleeding, and when Ava places her hands over him, his wounds miraculously disappear. Ava has a unique gift: she can heal others of their physical ailments.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Poignant

  • By azmom on 03-23-15

Could have been great but wasn't

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

Reviewed: 07-26-15

Hated the ending. Narration was good for the females but poor for the male voices. Some beautiful prose but the story was flawed somehow.

  • Tattoos on the Heart

  • The Power of Boundless Compassion
  • By: Gregory Boyle
  • Narrated by: Gregory Boyle
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,125
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,937
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,938

As a pastor working in a neighborhood with the highest concentration of murderous gang activity in Los Angeles, Gregory Boyle created an organization to provide jobs, job training, and encouragement so that young people could work together and learn the mutual respect that comes from collaboration.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compassion is God

  • By Jay on 02-08-14

Love this book!

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

Reviewed: 07-01-15

So much better in audio. Read this once a year for your soul It will restore you

  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends

  • An Autobiography
  • By: Rob Lowe
  • Narrated by: Rob Lowe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,494
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,484
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,445

A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book and Great Story

  • By Natalie J. Belle MD on 04-30-11

6 stars if I could

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

Reviewed: 05-23-15

Loved this book!!!! One of those better listened to than read because the author reads it. Fascinating story, excellent narration. Just wonderful in every way.

  • Inside the O'Briens

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Genova
  • Narrated by: Skipp Sudduth
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,018
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 914
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 913

Joe O'Brien is a 44-year-old Boston police officer from the Irish Catholic neighborhood of Charlestown, Massachusetts. A devoted husband, a proud father of four children in their 20s, and a respected, seasoned law enforcement officer, Joe begins experiencing bouts of disorganized thinking, uncharacteristic temper outbursts, and strange, involuntary movements.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As a person at risk for HD

  • By Stephen Rasmussen on 04-18-15

Great book, great narration

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

Reviewed: 04-18-15

What did you love best about Inside the O'Briens?

I loved everything about this heartbreaking novel. A sad story told authentically with humor and hope. I'm a big fan of Lisa Genova's wok and this is perhaps her best. At least on par with Still Alice.

What other book might you compare Inside the O'Briens to and why?

Still Alice. The reader learns a lot about the disease through a well told fiction story. The characters are believable and lovable. Real people with tragic stories.

Which character – as performed by Skipp Sudduth – was your favorite?

Joe. Sudduth nailed him. Tough Irish Catholic Boston cop. Perfect narrator for this story

Any additional comments?

This was a really great book. I'm sad to finished with it

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Whistling Past the Graveyard

  • By: Susan Crandall
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,700
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,432
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,420

In the summer of 1963, nine-year-old spitfire Starla Claudelle runs away from her strict grandmother's Mississippi home. Starla hasn't seen her momma since she was three - that's when Lulu left for Nashville to become a famous singer. If she can get to Nashville and find her momma, then all that she promised will come true: Lulu will be a star. Daddy will come to live in Nashville, too. And her family will be whole and perfect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Feisty red-headed little girl takes on the south

  • By Laurette on 07-16-14

Loved this book!

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

Reviewed: 04-10-15

What did you love best about Whistling Past the Graveyard?

A heartwarming story about color blind love. A reminder that our society has made great progress in the last 50 years in terms of race relations and equality. I loved Starla and her spunk. I loved Eula and her kindness.

What other book might you compare Whistling Past the Graveyard to and why?

Saving CeCe Honeycutt

What about Amy Rubinate’s performance did you like?

Her accent was authentic and not fake. She did a good job switching between characters.

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

no

Any additional comments?

Great story and great performance.