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  • The Flight Portfolio

  • By: Julie Orringer
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 19 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 66

The long-awaited new work from the best-selling author of The Invisible Bridge takes us back to occupied Europe in this gripping historical novel based on the true story of Varian Fry's extraordinary attempt to save the work, and the lives, of Jewish artists fleeing the Holocaust. In 1940, Fry - an American journalist - traveled to Marseille carrying $3,000 and a list of imperiled artists and writers he hoped to rescue within a few weeks. Instead, he ended up staying in France for 13 months, setting up an underground railroad that led over the Pyrenees, into Spain....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Dian_uh on 06-30-19

Horrible book

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

Reviewed: 05-26-19

Insulting to the millions who died in WWII. Begging elites like Chagall to leave France when they were so narcissistic they thought
their status would protect them. The whole premise these elites were more deserving of being saved was disgusting. Couldn’t finish this piece of trivial trash. Sorry I wasted a credit on it.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Border

  • The Cartel Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Don Winslow
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 29 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,936
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,842
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,836

For over 40 years, Art Keller has been on the front lines of America's longest conflict: the War on Drugs. His obsession to defeat the world's most powerful, wealthy, and lethal kingpin - the godfather of the Sinaloa Cartel, Adan Barrera - has left him bloody and scarred, cost him people he loves, even taken a piece of his soul. Now Keller is elevated to the highest ranks of the DEA, only to find that in destroying one monster, he has created 30 more that are wreaking even more chaos and suffering in his beloved Mexico.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! What a way to end a brilliant trilogy

  • By Stu Ruwe on 03-06-19

Financed by the DNC

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-29-19

A totally biased POV everyone corrupt or stupid is a Republican. Never really addressed effective treatment which does exist

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Witch Elm

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Paul Nugent
  • Length: 22 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,757
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,369
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,358

Toby is a happy-go-lucky charmer who's dodged a scrape at work and is celebrating with friends when the night takes a turn that will change his life - he surprises two burglars who beat him and leave him for dead. Struggling to recover from his injuries, beginning to understand that he might never be the same man again, he takes refuge at his family's ancestral home to care for his dying uncle Hugo. Then a skull is found in the trunk of an elm tree in the garden - and as detectives close in, Toby is forced to face the possibility that his past may not be what he has always believed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Anti climactic

  • By tally shopper on 10-21-18

Waste of time so improbable

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

I realize this is fiction but the stupidity and entitlement of the main characters was very annoying. Leon expected his adolescent cousin to read his mind and take responsibility for him. Neither he nor Susannah would involve their parents? I thought it would never end. Had never read this author never will again

  • Slumdog Millionaire

  • By: Vikas Swarup
  • Narrated by: Christopher Simpson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,155
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 804
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 804

Vikas Swarup's spectacular debut novel, the inspiration for the award-winning film, opens in a jail cell in Mumbai, where Ram Mohammad Thomas is being held after correctly answering all 12 questions on India's biggest quiz show, Who Will Win a Billion? It is hard to believe that a poor orphan who has never gone to school could win such a contest. But through a series of exhilarating tales, Ram explains to his lawyer how episodes in his life gave him the answer to each question.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful

  • By JoeWig on 04-06-10

Fairy tale

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

Very enjoyable while painting a painful and realistic picture of modern day India
Optimism and perseverance prevail

  • Casebook

  • A Novel
  • By: Mona Simpson
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 84

From the acclaimed and award-winning author of Anywhere But Here and My Hollywood, a powerful new novel about a young boy’s quest to uncover the mysteries of his unraveling family. What he discovers turns out to be what he least wants to know: the inner workings of his parents’ lives. And even then he can’t stop searching.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable and fun

  • By jennifer on 04-26-16

Waste of time

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-19-18

Wasted an audible credit didn’t realize this was
a pre teen novel. No interest in POV of 14 yo
kid horrible. Simpson has written some light reading entertaining books this isn’t one of them. Would give 0 stars if permitted

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Little Fires Everywhere

  • By: Celeste Ng
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Lim
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,589
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,477
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,447

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned - from the layout of the winding roads to the colors of the houses to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren - an enigmatic artist and single mother - who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter, Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring and Drawn Out!!!

  • By M. Ryder on 10-05-17

Pretentious drivel

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

Reviewed: 09-28-17

To have any compassion, humanity or kindness one must be an "artist" or "alternative". Mia was self absorbed and selfish. I only hope Pearl made it adulthood.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • A Gentleman in Moscow

  • A Novel
  • By: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,430
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,551
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,467

A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Reprieve Amidst Ugly News, Relentless Negativity

  • By Cathy Lindhorst on 08-27-17

Tedious

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

Reviewed: 05-26-17

Terrible, boring an interesting time in history made plodding. Unsympathetic characters, verbose couldn't even finish it. Waste of money