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  • Fingersmith

  • By: Sarah Waters
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 23 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,934
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,936

Orphaned as an infant, Susan Trinder was raised by Mrs. Sucksby, “mother” to a host of pickpockets and con artists. To pay her debt, she joins legendary thief Gentleman in swindling an innocent woman out of her inheritence. But the two women form an unanticipated bond and the events that follow will surprise every listener. Fingersmith was shortlisted for the Orange Prize and the Booker Prize, and was chosen as book of the year 2002 by more organizations than any other novel. Sarah Waters was named Author of the Year at the 2003 British Book Awards.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The BEST BOOK I"ve read this year!

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-30-11

interesting

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-05-19

This book was an interesting read, there are lots of twist and turns in the plot with several outstanding moments.

  • The Christmas Hirelings

  • By: Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,047
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,528
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,492

Sir John Penlyon is planning to spend Christmas at his estate with his niece and his friend Danby, the closest thing he has to family since disowning his daughter years ago. (She eloped with the parson, who was, of course, penniless.) Danby suggests that at Christmastime the estate needs the presence of small children, and offers to find some - the “hirelings” - despite Sir John’s skepticism. Three children duly arrive, and the youngest, precocious four year-old Moppet, quickly endears herself to Sir John. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A warm and lovely Christmas story

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 12-13-18

Great light read

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-13-18

I really enjoyed this Victorian Christmas tale.. interesting and provided enough interest to anticipate a clever ending.

  • I Was Anastasia

  • A Novel
  • By: Ariel Lawhon
  • Narrated by: Jane Collingwood, Sian Thomas, Ariel Lawhon
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 211
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 193

Russia, July 17, 1918: Under direct orders from Vladimir Lenin, Bolshevik secret police force Anastasia Romanov, along with the entire imperial family, into a damp basement in Siberia where they face a merciless firing squad. None survives. At least that is what the executioners have always claimed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even knowing the true story,still enjoyed the book

  • By Emily on 04-02-18

Great historical fiction

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

Reviewed: 06-30-18

Loved the story and the history surrounding it. The author haa done a wonderful job of keeping the reader interested and entertained.

  • Winter Garden

  • A Novel
  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,351
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,606
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,593

Meredith and Nina Whitson are as different as sisters can be. One stayed at home to raise her children and manage the family apple orchard: the other followed a dream and traveled the world to become a famous photojournalist. But when their beloved father fails ill, Meredith and Nina find themselves together again, standing alongside their cold, disapproving mother, Anya, who even now, offers no comfort to her daughters

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I thought I made a mistake

  • By A. Musser on 11-29-17

Sentimental story

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

Reviewed: 01-13-18

enjoyed this sentemental story especially the world war 11 history and references. Reminds us of the great sacrifice of those who endured ww11

  • The Good House

  • A Novel
  • By: Ann Leary
  • Narrated by: Mary Beth Hurt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,469
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,177

The Good House tells the story of Hildy Good, who lives in a small town on Boston's North Shore. Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. She's also a raging alcoholic. Hildy's family held an intervention for her about a year before this story takes place - "if they invite you over for dinner, and it’s not a major holiday," she advises "run for your life" - and now she feels lonely and unjustly persecuted. She has also fooled herself into thinking that moderation is the key.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great book, Hildy is a great character!

  • By Rhonda Morrison on 01-31-13

Great story

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

Reviewed: 01-09-18

This is a great story told with touching humor. Mary Beth Hurt is the best narrator i have heard for a long time.!!

  • The Silent Wife

  • A Novel
  • By: A. S. A. Harrison
  • Narrated by: Karen White, Donald Corren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,009
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,775
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,786

Jodi and Todd are at a bad place in their marriage. Much is at stake, including the affluent life they lead in their beautiful waterfront condo in Chicago, as she, the killer, and he, the victim, rush haplessly toward the main event. He is a committed cheater; she lives and breathes denial. He exists in dual worlds; she likes to settle scores. He decides to play for keeps; she has nothing left to lose. Told in alternating voices, The Silent Wife is about a marriage in the throes of dissolution, a couple headed for catastrophe, concessions that can’t be made, and promises that won’t be kept.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just Ok...Not Great

  • By Lulu on 08-09-13

Excellent story....

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

Reviewed: 08-21-13

Great story with twists and turns. The plot keeps you interested and wanting to get to the end of the story.

  • Gone Girl

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49,181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,784
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,870

It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!

  • By Theodore on 01-20-13

Unexpected suspense

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

Reviewed: 01-22-13

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The unexpected twist and turns in this book kept me on edge till the very end....